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Friday, July 30, 2010

Scouts continue activities despite inclement weather

BOWLING GREEN, Va. -- Unpredictable weather plagued participants at the Boy Scout National Jamboree on Thursday. After a morning of cool breezes, Scouts spent the afternoon running from shelter to shelter hoping to avoid rain showers, which almost shut...

Airport runway to be repaved

Wayne County officials are anticipating a $3 million grant to repave and strengthen the runway at the Goldsboro-Wayne County Airport -- a project that will force the airport to close for up to two weeks in either August or...

Deputy's assailant had prior criminal charges

SNOW HILL -- A Greene County deputy who was shot to death Wednesday evening near the Wayne County line had just returned to work with the Greene Sheriff's Office a little over a year ago. Jon Willis, 31, died after...

Allen: Berkeley Park is ideal for proposed soccer complex

The notion that Berkeley Park has an image problem is not lost on Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Allen. "I wouldn't take my daughter out there," he said. "What it needs is a revamping." So he recently pitched an idea to...

Steak Barn closes

After more than 40 years in business, The Steak Barn on West Grantham Street has closed its day-to-day business -- at least for the time being. Owner Scott Adams said today that the restaurant will still be available for private...

Hot dog days of summer

Bob Davidson squirts ketchup on a hot dog for future customers during another sweltering summer day on Wednesday afternoon. Davidson operates the hot dog stand located by the Breaker gas station on Berkeley Boulevard as a part-time job. He opens...

Wayne woman wins gold

Linda Jordan knew her sister, Dianne Jordan, didn't have a cell phone, so when she got an unexpected call from the Special Olympics U.S.A. National Games it came as a complete surprise. Dianne had borrowed her coach's phone to share...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Fremont ABC to close July 31

FREMONT -- The ABC store in Fremont will officially close at the end of this month. Mike Myrick, president of the Wayne County ABC board of directors, said the board voted in June to close the Fremont store due to...

Suspect arrested for rape of elderly woman

A man wanted for the rape of an elderly Mount Olive area woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon just north of Syracuse in upstate New York. Solid detective work and physical evidence are being cited by Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace...

Greene County deputy shot to death

SNOW HILL -- A Greene County Sheriff's deputy was shot to death early Wednesday evening while answering a domestic disturbance call in a neighborhood just over a mile from the Wayne County line. Deputy Jon Willis, 31, was killed when...

What it takes to be a man

Growing up, Edward Harris Jr. spent many a day at the Boys & Girls Club on Royall Avenue. Marvin Ford, who has worked at the club for 21 years, 12 of those as unit director, used to caution Harris against...

Rotary project blooms at Herman Park

A Herman Park flower garden area that first bloomed more than 60 years ago will flower again thanks to the Three Eagles Rotary Club. Club members said that in addition to sprucing up the park, the project also is...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

For students, staying healthy key to successful school year

Getting enough rest, practicing healthy eating habits and plenty of serious hand washing with soap and warm water are simple things that could help students enjoy an illness-free school year. "There are many things parents and students can do...

Hunt for back-to-school bargains already under way

The opening of school and the shopping frenzy it ignites are coming up fast, but for Frankie and Sandy Newsome of Fremont now is the time to take advantage of sales and to spread the cost. The Newsomes start...

Local Boy Scouts arrive, set up camp at Jamboree

BOWLING GREEN, Va. -- More than 40,000 Boy Scouts gathered Monday at Fort A.P. Hill Military Training Facility near Bowling Green, Va., for the National Scout Jamboree. Between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., Scouts flooded the fields...

Duplin 2010 property tax bill on way to residents

Duplin County residents began receiving their 2010 tax bills in the mail this week, but not a supplementary tax bill to pay the $4.8 million lawsuit judgment filed by the county schools against the county. The county tax office...

Wallace escapee captured

ELIZABETHTOWN -- A work-release inmate who went missing from a poultry processing plant in Duplin County was captured Monday night in Elizabethtown. Alcola Wright, 42, was convicted as a habitual felon for larceny, breaking into vehicles and property cheating....

GATEWAY board looks at changes

City Council and county commissioners will be asked to make changes in the make-up of Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority board that oversees operation of the GATEWAY bus system. Authority members Tuesday morning said that the ex-officio seat that rotates annually...

For families, balancing time can be tricky, but important

Between school and church and an array of activities, it gets harder and harder to balance family time -- or even basic downtime. But it's important, and something even educators work to accomplish, or at the very least encourage....

Woolard: Butterfield bribed

Holding a series of press conferences Tuesday, Ashley Woolard, Republican candidate for the First Congressional District, accused incumbent Democrat Rep. G.K. Butterfield of accepting "political bribes." Woolard then asked Butterfield to either return the $4,000 in campaign contributions that...

Partnership director takes on job at local college

Don Magoon, executive director of Partnership for Children of Wayne County since 2002, has accepted a job at Wayne Community College. Effective Monday, his new title will be chief of administrative support services. Making the announcement to the board of...

Expert answers questions about health care reform

At this point, questions about the national health reform plan far outnumber the answers. Since the bill came out March 23, there has already been "a lot of activity" and likely more to come, said Dr. Pam Silberman of the...

Two men charged with rape of teen

A 21-year-old Seymour Johnson airman and a 20-year-old accomplice are accused of the statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl, Goldsboro police said. Michael Pierucki, 21, of West New Hope Road and William Earl Wooten, 20, of Miller Avenue, are...

Summit set to discuss graduation

The public is invited to attend "Graduate Wayne County," a free summit being held on Monday at Mount Olive College. This is an opportunity for parents and guardians, business people and anyone interested in a successful education system, as...

Schools may get power to pick members

Former Wayne County commissioner and now state Rep. Efton Sager said Tuesday he will introduce legislation next year that would return the county school board's authority to fill its own vacancies. Currently, the commissioners have that power. Sager, a...

Benefit dinner planned for GPD cancer patient

All 500 pre-ordered chicken benefit dinners to help a Goldsboro officer suffering from cancer are sold out, but donations are still welcome, city police say. There are also an additional 100 plates that might be sold Friday at the...

Understanding National Healthcare Reform

Dr. Pam Silberman, president and chief executive officer of the N.C. Institute of Medicine, spoke Tuesday night at Wayne Community College on "How Will Health Care Reform Affect You and Your Family?" The free 90-minute forum was sponsored by WCC...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Elderly Mount Olive woman assaulted

MOUNT OLIVE-- Duplin County sheriff's deputies are investigating an early Sunday morning assault on an elderly Mount Olive area woman. Sheriff Blake Wallace said that deputies received a call about 3:30 a.m. Sunday that the woman, who is in...

International president helps Kiwanis club mark anniversary

The president of Kiwanis International was on hand Monday night to help members of the Kiwanis Club of Goldsboro celebrate their organization's 90th anniversary. Paul Palazzolo of Illinois encouraged members of the local club to take pride in their long...

Police seek two suspects in two-city robberies

A third suspect has been identified in last week's two armed robberies -- the first in which a Goldsboro store clerk was shot in the leg, and another, later, in Mount Olive. All three suspects, two of whom are...

City man in hospital after Monday shooting

A Goldsboro man was in good condition after he and a young acquaintance were shot in a vehicle on West Holly Street, and police have issued a warrant against an alleged attacker, authorities said. A warrant had been issued...

No leads yet from LaGrange murder

LAGRANGE -- The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office is still without solid leads in the shooting death of a restaurant manager on June 25, a police major said. Maj. Christopher Hill said he could not release any additional details about the...

Summer practice

Nearly 1,200 students are attending summer school this year, the largest session in years because the district has lacked funding to hold it. Wayne County Public Schools received stimulus money to run the five-week program for its Title I schools,...

Highway Patrol says teen traffic deaths down across state

Although no one knows exactly why, teen deaths from car crashes are down 40 percent when comparing one-year periods in 2009 and 2010, the Highway Patrol reported Monday. Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Jeff Gordon said that as of Monday, statewide,...

Monday, July 26, 2010

Suspects scatter at alleged cockfight

SELMA -- Johnston County Sheriff's deputies arrested four people on cockfighting charges Sunday, a Sheriff's Office spokesman said. After receiving an emergency call, a patrol deputy found cockfighting taking place at 1729 Davis Home, lead investigator Capt. Buck Pipkin...

Wayne County tries new system for DWI suspects

A new pre-trial monitoring system for people charged with driving under the influence is the latest piece of technology county officials hope will help in their efforts to reduce the population at the county jail. The Wayne County Day...

WCC Foundation golf tournament keeping focus on helping students

The director of the Wayne Community College Foundation says the uncertain economy has not hurt fundraising for scholarships and programs at the school -- at a time when such support is more important than ever. Jack Kannan said the foundation's...

Workin' It - Good Ole Boys Concrete

The Job: Concrete construction The Company: Good Ole Boys Concrete Construction The Location: Grantham Owner Robin Anthony and I got off to a rocky start. Basically, he left me in a parking lot. Here's what happened: All week I was...

Man arrested after following woman home from Wal-Mart

An East Elm Street man who allegedly followed a woman home from the Spence Avenue Wal-Mart and robbed her at gunpoint is in custody, authorities say. David James Porter Jr., 18, faced a robbery with a dangerous weapon charge...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Health reform forum will answer questions

This week's free community forum on health care reform was prompted by an offhand question raised at a recent Board of Health meeting, said Dr. Kim Larson, current board chair. "At our April meeting a community member during the public...

STOP the funeral holds prayer walk

Nearly 200 people from 22 area churches beat the heat Saturday to take part in the fourth annual STOP the Funeral Initiative unity prayer walk. The event began in the parking lot of St. Mark Church of Christ and included...

Revaluation in progress across area

County tax officials say it is too premature to speculate on what the ongoing property revaluation will reveal about property values and their average percentage of growth since the 2003 revaluation. Even when the new schedule of values is...

Project Turnaround

When people talk about Goldsboro High School, it doesn't bother John Twitty. It just makes him want to work harder. Twitty, a 26-year military veteran who was principal at Belfast Academy and Wayne High School Academy before being named principal...

It's not just about the game

It is not about who they were or where they came from -- or the struggles they had to face to get where they are today. It's not about how they managed to survive the dangers and lures of the...

After 28 years of service, GPD's Maj. Hopper retires

Maj. Mike Hopper said he was feeling "like it was the last day of school" during his recent retirement party, finishing a 28-year career with the Goldsboro Police Department. The police major, who has run the Operations Division of the...

Duplin official: Situation dire at animal shelter

The Duplin County animal shelter is in non-compliance with state regulations, and Ken Rau, interim chairman of the county's animal advisory committee, says the situation is bleak. "I'm just waiting for this now to become a crisis," Rau said. The...

Friday, July 23, 2010

Commission picks Henderson for seat

Len Henderson of Dudley by a 5-2 vote Friday morning was appointed to fill the District 2 school board seat left vacant since June 30 when longtime board member Shirley Sims stepped down. Wayne is the only county in the...

Jamming in the sun

Ben Whitley cools off his newly wedded wife, Deborah Whitley, with a fan as they enjoy the music of The Embers at the Center Street Jam Thursday. The Whitleys, who were married last Saturday, were two of the hundreds of...

WMH settles overpayment dispute with health plan

Wayne Memorial Hospital agreed to settle a dispute with the state Health Plan by paying $140,000 back to the insurance plan. Wayne was one of 33 hospitals across the state auditors said owed money to the State Health Plan. The...

Hot, and getting hotter

With Goldsboro experiencing 99 percent humidity today, afternoon highs in the upper 90s and the heat index well past 100 degrees, folks in the Wayne County can officially say it's hot. The day didn't take long to heat up,...

Eight Duplin schools hit AYP standard

Eight of Duplin County's 16 public schools made Adequate Yearly Progress in the 2009-10 school year, according to preliminary AYP figures released Wednesday by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The 50 percent achievement is down from the 2008-09...

Fremont officials discuss Eureka's debt

FREMONT -- Fremont Town Board members received an update this week on the steps the town of Eureka is taking to pay off its sewer debt. Fremont Town Administrator Kerry McDuffie said Eureka paid $6,500 to the town this week...

Child remains in critical condition

MOUNT OLIVE -- An infant injured when she was run over in her yard Wednesday was still in critical condition early today, officials with the state Highway Patrol said. Jaliyah Garner, who is about 16 months old, was taken by...

Committee whispers to beat open meeting

Just moments after commenting about how open the committee charged with making recommendations to fill a vacant school board seat has been, county commission Chairman Jack Best Thursday afternoon led committee members in a hushed discussion that had the five...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Committee talks with candidates

Little information appears to have surfaced during Wednesday afternoon interviews to clearly differentiate among the four people hoping to secure a vacant seat on the Wayne County Board of Education. "We have four very good candidates here today, and...

Lemonade entrepreneurs

Olivia Sutton, 5, and David Byrd, 6, used the hot weather to go into business Wednesday. They opened a lemonade stand in front of a shopping center on N.C. 111, trying to help people stay cool in the sweltering heat....

County schools reports 2009-10 score results

Wayne County Public Schools dropped slightly in its Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, scores for 2009-2010, according to preliminary results released Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. The district met 95.6 percent of its total AYP target goals,...

One killed, six injured in van accident

CALYPSO -- One person died and six others were injured Wednesday when the driver of a minivan carrying three generations of a Harrisonburg, Va., family failed to stop at a Calypso intersection and the vehicle collided with a hog truck....

Father accidentally runs over little girl in driveway of home

MOUNT OLIVE -- An infant suffered severe head trauma after being run over by a rear tire of her father's SUV in the yard of their Camp Jubilee Road home Wednesday morning, authorities said. Jaliyah Garner, who is about...

AT&T goes silent

AT&T customers in the Wayne County area had their cell phone coverage fully restored shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday after going all day without service. According to sales representatives at the AT&T store on Parkway Avenue, the loss of...

Development Alliance officers are installed

The Wayne County Development Alliance installed a new chairman and vice chairman last week and also welcomed two new members to its board of directors. Keith Gunnet is the new chairman and Jim Daniels is the vice chairman. Goldsboro...

STOP the Funeral walk to be held Saturday

The STOP the Funeral Initiative will hold a Unity Prayer Walk on Saturday, starting at 8 a.m. at St. Mark Church of Christ at 700 W. Ash St. Walkers will proceed through West Haven Apartments. The STOP the Funeral Initiative...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Staying cool

Israel Breton, 3, cools off in the swimming area at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. Swimming will be just one of the ways Wayne County residents will use to try to keep cool today as temperatures are expected to...

Police ask for help with murder inquiry

Goldsboro police detectives feel a sense of frustration in their investigation of a Memorial Day murder that took the life of a 19-year-old Goldsboro resident. Investigator Dwayne E. Dean, who is leading the inquiry into the death of Stacey...

District 2 interviews begin today

A Dudley man who was in the running for consideration for appointment to the Wayne County Board of Education District 2 seat has withdrawn his name from consideration. Lawrence Durham's decision to drop out of contention leaves only four...

Realtor: Housing market staying steady

The local housing market seems to be following national trends and improving, county, city and real estate, officials say. Nancy Keck, co-owner of Houser Associates Real Estate, said the local real estate market is divided into two subcategories -- houses...

Duplin DA: Schools didn't violate law

District Attorney Dewey Hudson has closed an investigation into the Duplin County Board of Education's funding management, citing limited state resources and a lack of evidence to support pursuing the issue further. The decision ended a months-long investigation into actions...

Zumba benefit planned for family of victim

Organizers are hoping that a Sunday Zumba-thon will raise at least $3,000 for the family of Michael Schuch, who died last month, in an accident at his home. Schuch, 34, had gone outside on the morning of June 8...

Baby, let's twist

Nona Griffin, 84, does the twist during a senior dance Friday at the Herman Park Center. The dance was for people 50 and older and was a collaboration between the Goldsboro Family YMCA, Goldsboro Parks and Recreation, and Wayne County...

AT&T cellular service returned

Telephone cell service to AT&T customers was returned Wednesday evening shortly after 9 p.m.Customers across eastern North Carolina were left without power after a Raleigh power plant failure early Wednesday morning.Crews worked from 6 a.m. until after nightfall to return...

Keen elected vice president of Eastern Council of Governments

Steve Keen, a member of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners and the county Planning Board, has been elected first vice president of the Eastern Carolina Council of Governments, a nine-county regional organization serving Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir,...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Robbery tied to second heist in city

One man is in custody and two other suspects are being sought following two early Monday morning armed robberies, one in Goldsboro in which a clerk was shot, followed an hour later by one in Mount Olive. The first...

Questions planned for District 2 candidates

Candidates for the vacant District 2 school board seat Wednesday afternoon will be questioned by the committee charged with making a recommendation to fill that seat. The interviews will get under way at 1 p.m. in Room 111 of...

Town will consider staff cuts

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Town of Mount Olive is feeling the pinch of difficult economic times and will likely have to lay off some employees. The Mount Olive Board of Commissioners voted Monday night following a closed session to authorize...

Internet parlors ask for late hours until closure

Two local business owners spoke out during a public hearing involving proposed changes to the city's Unified Development Ordinance held during Monday's City Council meeting. And their concern -- that the board's approval of the revisions would limit operating hours...

Smokers will pay more for health care

County employees who are smokers, and eventually those who are overweight, can look forward to paying more out-of-pocket health care expenses than their co-workers. Starting in fiscal year 2011-12, employees who smoke will be required to accept a health...

Habitat for Humanity looking for land for new houses

Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne is looking for "land heroes" to make eight deserving families' dreams of home ownership come true. The non-profit organization can find the grant money, round up the volunteers and provide the leadership needed to build...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Law: Meetings cannot be closed

With the next meeting just days away for the District 2 school board member search committee, it remains unclear if the committee will attempt to meet behind closed doors. Such a closed-door meeting would violate the state's Open Meetings...

Jaycees plan drive for animals at shelter

The Goldsboro Jaycees and the Wayne County Animal Adoption and Education Center will hold a supply drive Saturday to benefit the homeless animals of Wayne County. The drive, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 24, will collect food...

And yes, it was hot

The Job: Pool maintenance The Company: K&B Pools and Spas The Location: Goldsboro I thought I finally found a job for which I had experience. K&B Pools and Spas said I could work for them one day when they...

Garden takes flight

Her eyes focused on a large orange butterfly, Alyia Wilson gave chase -- clapping her hands as she made her way around the plants that make up one of the newest features at Stoney Creek Park. "Don't clap at it...

Officials allocate first part of GHS grant

School officials are contemplating ways to divide up the nearly $2.9 million in grant funding recently awarded to Goldsboro High School over the next three years. The state portion of stimulus money is less than anticipated -- the original application...

Leadership Wayne looking for members

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce is still looking for applicants for the upcoming Leadership Wayne County class. Steve Hicks, executive director of the chamber, said chamber officials are looking for about 20 people to sign up for the class....

Students attend rural electric youth tour

Marisa Linton of Mount Olive has been selected to represent North Carolina on the Youth Leadership Council of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. She is attending the council conference being held through Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The conference...

Police seeking two in Mount Olive robbery

MOUNT OLIVE -- One person is in custody and two others are still being sought this morning in connection with an armed robbery early this morning at Handy Mart 2 on North Breazeale Avenue at N.C. 55. Det./Sgt. C.J. Weaver...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

County readies 2010 property tax bills

Wayne County residents, as well as residents in six of the county's seven municipalities, are just a few weeks away from receiving their 2010 property tax bills. The county tax department will mail out roughly 70,000 tax notices in...

Residents get chance to take close look at Union Station plans

After long planning, city officials held a public information session Thursday night to give Goldsboro residents their first close look at how exactly they hope to restore Union Station. Architects discussed potential designs with the public, while Assistant City...

GPD arrests suspect in Pittsburgh girl's murder

A registered sex offender wanted in connection with the murder of a 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl was arrested by members of the Goldsboro Police Department Wednesday. Tushon Brown, 35, is being held in the Wayne County Jail on charges including criminal...

Investigation into former school official ongoing, quiet

Nearly seven months have passed since the announcement that the county school district's second in command, Sprunt Hill, was suspended amidst a state investigation, and still little movement has been made in the case. Hill, who served as assistant...

Boys & Girls Club wants to put boys on path to manhood

It's always special when alumni of the Boys & Girls Club return to encourage young people at the club, says Mina Williams, teen director at the Paley Unit on Royall Avenue. So when several contacted her recently about coming...

WAGES program gets men involved with their children

Her hands loosely grasping a piece of a long yellow rope, Markayla McKinney started walking toward a pair of black tennis shoes resting on the middle of a field at Herman Park. "Don't go past the shoes baby," a...

Wesleyan will again receive accreditation

North Carolina Wesleyan College will continue its accreditation status, receiving word earlier this week from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or SACS. The announcement means the college can continue to award baccalaureate...

Known Wayne County residents who died in combat from World War I through the Korean War

Korean War * James Elias Bass, of Goldsboro, died Oct. 30, 1951 * Daniel Joseph Carter, hometown unknown, died March 11, 1952 * William Lloyd Howell, of Pikeville, died Oct. 3, 1951 * John Henry King, of Goldsboro, died July...

New war memorial rising from the ashes

A mass of brick and wood was not all that was lost when the Wayne County Memorial Community Building burned May 2, 2004. A tribute to the county's sons who died defending freedom also was taken out of the...

School supply drive now through Sept. 18

DoSomething.org and Staples are teaming up for the third annual national Staples/Do Something 101 School Supply Drive. Wayne County teens are asked to collect school supplies and dropping them off at Staples, 1101-B Berkeley Plaza, now through Sept. 18. All...

Eight locals graduate from N.C. School of Science and Mathematics

Eight Wayne County students were part of this year's graduating class at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics. The Class of 2010, which had 301 members, represented all 13 North Carolina congressional districts and nearly 70 of the...

Rosewood teacher recognized for agriculture program

Allison Jennings always knew she wanted to be a teacher, from the time she worked with little ones in Bible school at her church. Growing up in Morehead City, her high school teachers also made a positive impression on the...

Mount Olive forced to borrow money to pay on sewer loan

MOUNT OLIVE -- The burden of paying for what was promoted as a regional sewer system continues to be borne by residents in Mount Olive and nearby Calypso. It also has once again forced the town to borrow money...

Caregiver conference set for Aug. 3

On Aug. 3, a Caregiver Education Conference will be held from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the First Pentecostal Holiness Church on 1100 First Church Road, Goldsboro. This Caregiver Education Conference is being sponsored by Alzheimer's North Carolina,...

Officials hope Duplin school site easy to use

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Schools launched a redesigned website July 1 officials say will help parents and teachers stay up-to-date with the latest school information. Dawn Craft, director of technology and media, who also is assuming the role of...

City Council schedules four hearings for Monday

Four public hearings will represent the extent of the Goldsboro City Council's Monday meeting, as the board is set to work through a light agenda. The first two involve conditional land use requests -- one, for property located on the...

Friday, July 16, 2010

Community college sees record enrollment

Hordes of young people packed the halls at Wayne Community College this week as a record number of students arrived to register for the fall semester. Many waited in line to go through the registration process or to sign...

Student speaks at military family roundtable session at Pentagon

Michael Atkins wasn't worried about making his announcement too prematurely. So during a recent trip to the nation's capital, he revealed to a crowd that he was throwing his name into the race for the White House. And it didn't...

Painting knowledge on the walls

FREMONT -- Three years ago, Mount Olive College junior Chris Allen wasn't even interested in painting. And before this summer, the largest piece of artwork he had ever created was only about 8 feet long and 4 feet wide. But...

Pikeville abduction suspect arrested

PIKEVILLE -- A Pikeville area man is accused of holding a female victim against her will after she was found with bruises to her body and burns on her face, the Sheriff's Office says. Earl Travis Deans Sr., 34, of...

Economist: Base helps Wayne weather recession

The Goldsboro area clearly suffered during the recent recession, but the presence of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base helped to blunt the pain somewhat, says one of the state's chief economists. Dr. Michael Walden, a William Neal Reynolds professor and...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hospital will buy Goldsboro Clinic

Wayne Memorial Hospital is taking steps toward adding physicians to its staff. At Tuesday's board of directors meeting, hospital CEO William Paugh said they plan to acquire Goldsboro Medical Clinic by Sept. 1. The clinic, located at 2400 Wayne Memorial...

Event reviews rich history of farming in Wayne region

Whether people are interested in agriculture or not, one thing is certain, if you're going to live in Wayne County, it's important to know at least a little about farming. That was the message that Cooperative Extension Agent Kevin...

Solution sought to subdivision road care

Convincing legislators to force the state Department of Transportation to take on the maintenance of new subdivision streets might be the only simple way to address the county's problem with the crumbling system, say members of a county Planning...

Board member recuses himself from decision

Wayne County Planning Board member Chris Cox Tuesday night recused himself from the discussion and vote on a subdivision final plat of which he was listed as one of three owners/developers. Cox left the room when the subject of...

Slimey summer fun

Jalen WIlliams, left, and Jaynyque Crawford show off their homemade "slime" after a science experiment that taught students how to make the gooey substance during a science and math class held at Rays of Hope Inc. early Monday morning. The...

Parking spot for Marine's trial for sale

When D.A. Stuart first learned that a high-profile murder trial had been moved to Wayne County, he saw an opportunity. There would surely be a throng of people, from news reporters to family members, interested in making the trek to...

Researchers study Little River migration

Donnie Danesi plunged a net into the Little River's waters and two huge catfish emerged wrapped in nylon, dripping and flailing their fins. His friend and fellow graduate student Joshua Raabe followed quickly behind, helping to ease the fish...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Seniors learn about common scams

Area seniors filled a room at the Wayne County Senior Center Tuesday to hear how they can avoid financial scams that often target senior citizens. Cherry Hill, a financial and housing counselor with Consumer Credit Counseling Service, taught the workshop....

Duplin school leader sets goals

Duplin County Schools Superintendent Austin Obasohan started work July 1. He met with the News-Argus to discuss his views about education, his role as a leader and an administrator and his goals for Duplin students and teachers. Q: How did...

A hero of a hound

Jamie Frowein stood outside her home Monday and surveyed the damage, its roof completely destroyed by a Saturday fire caused by a strike of lightning. But she knew she was lucky -- lucky to be alive, she and others...

WAGES to sponsor 'A Day at the Park'

Fathers are encouraged to spend Saturday with their kids at Herman Park. Nicholas Worrell, director of WAGES' Male Involvement Program, called "A Day at the Park" an opportunity for dads to enjoy some quality time with their children. From 10...

Locals continue special breeds

Marisa Linton of Grantham recently entered a contest through the Youth Conservationist Program and was awarded a Coopworth ewe at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. The purpose of the Youth Conservationist Program is to help preserve heritage breeds...

Annual Ava Gardner festival set for October

SMITHFIELD -- Each year the Ava Gardner Museum celebrates Ava's life and career by hosting the Ava Gardner Festival. The annual event includes heritage tours, screenings of classic Ava Gardner films, and special exhibits. This year's festival will kick...

Veterans groups to meet

Several of Wayne County's veterans organizations will be meeting tonight and Thursday at the American Legion Post Home on U.S. 117 South, just past the county fairgrounds. The Sons of the American Legion, SAL squadron 11 will meet tonight at...

Artists breathe new life into old, recycled pieces

Where can you find people made out of old car parts, license plate guitars and airplane whirligigs? At the newest exhibit at the Arts Council of Wayne County. "reinCARnation" is not your typical in-depth, examine-the-art-to-see-what-its-hidden-message-is show, but is just...

Cluster home ban pending near base

Wayne County commissioners next month will be asked to amend the county's subdivision ordinance to prohibit cluster divisions in high-noise areas near both ends of the runway at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The county Planning Board agreed Tuesday...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Man arrested after shot fired at bar

A Fremont man was arrested Saturday after allegedly firing a gun in town limits. William Henry Campbell, 66, of N. Dock Street, was charged with assault by pointing a gun, discharging a firearm in city limits, driving while impaired,...

Bagram revisited

It was a different Bagram Airfield from the one Tech. Sgt. Riccardo Bonicelli descended into aboard a KC-135R Stratotanker back in 2009. A deadly attack had unfolded there in the months since he returned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base....

Man attacked in Westbrook Park

MOUNT OLIVE -- A man was assaulted Sunday in a popular Mount Olive park, according to the Mount Olive Police Department. Raul Romero Madrigal Jr., 25, of Pine View Cemetery Road in Mount Olive was reportedly attacked in Westbrook Park...

Panel wants to meet in private

A little of the old discord between Wayne County commissioners and the county school board was evident Monday morning as the committee that will make recommendations to fill the vacant District 2 school board seat wrestled with the wording...

Crops in critical need of rain

Abnormally dry conditions have returned to Wayne County and much of North Carolina and it is taking a heavy toll on crop production. Wayne is one of 62 counties experiencing an abnormally dry period, according to the North Carolina Drought...

Sheriff warns public of gunpoint robberies

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has issued a warning to the public in the wake of armed robberies by criminals who followed them home from after shopping at Wal-Mart on Spence Avenue. On Monday, a woman and a friend...

Jaycees host 2010 Distinguished Service Award banquet

Paramount Theatre Director Sherry Archibald didn't know, at first, what was going on Monday night at the Flying Shamrock on John Street - which was strange, given her years of involvement with downtown Goldsboro events. "'What do you know...

Monday, July 12, 2010

WCC to receive $500,000 grant to focus on work-force programs

Wayne Community College will receive more than $500,000 in Workforce Investment Act money through the Eastern North Carolina Workforce Development Board. The college will receive $209,614 for adult programs and $344,846 for dislocated worker programs. Greene Lamp, which serves...

Yau named Mount Olive College Annual Fund director

MOUNT OLIVE -- Yeeka Yau has recently been appointed director of the Annual Fund at Mount Olive College. In this position Yau will be responsible for the Annual Fund, which encompasses continual giving directed to the operational needs for...

Junior leaders program chair resigning

After 10 years of directing Junior Leadership Wayne County, Sudie Davis is ready to share the wealth. "I have asked that they find somebody else to chair it," she said last week. "I think I have given a lot, but...

Students vow to forgo fast food

French fries, cheeseburgers and soft drinks are just a few of the items that don't belong on the menu for Students Working for an Agricultural Revolutionary Movement. The "SWARMers," as they have officially dubbed themselves, have taken pledges to...

City parks nightlife posing problems

At just past 2 Sunday afternoon the Kiwanis train made its way around the tracks that grace Herman Park -- several of its passengers waving as they rolled by families utilizing the swing sets off in the distance. A few...

Ranger Laura on duty ...

The Job: Park Ranger The Company: Cliffs of the Neuse State Park The Location: Seven Springs Bear Grylls better watch out because there's a new nature man in town. OK, "nature man" might be a little much. The star of...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Residents already feeling effects of state budget cuts

The effect of a state budget that cut human service programs can be seen in the faces of Wayne County residents who have been forced to quit work to stay home with a child. "We had people getting up...

When mercury rises, pets need help staying safe

Humans aren't the only ones feeling the heat this summer as temperatures climb into triple-digit misery. Animals suffer in extreme weather, too, and the dog days of July and August can be dangerous if pet owners aren't vigilant, experts...

Graduation rates to be subject of conference

The theme of an upcoming free education conference is simple and direct -- "Graduate Wayne County." "We came up with the name because we felt like lots of families out there, that that's their only desire, is to have...

Monday deadline for school board District 2 seat

Monday at 5 p.m. is the deadline for applications for the District 2 seat on the Wayne County Board of Education left vacant when longtime board member Shirley Sims stepped down last month. Candidates for the post must live...

City residents struggle, compete with heat

Elderly residents are the most at-risk for heat-related illnesses, say officials with the Meals on Wheels program operated by the Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency, or WAGES. During the intense heat of recent weeks, volunteers delivering meals have...

Three plead guilty to attempting to defraud banks

WILMINGTON -- United States attorney George E. B. Holding announced that on July 6, in federal court, three Wayne County defendants pled guilty to charges relating to a scheme to defraud financial institutions. Dawnice Iquan Wilkins, 38, of Goldsboro,...

Duplin youth camp to focus on nutrition, fitness

WARSAW -- Three Duplin agencies will join to put the spotlight on nutrition and physical activity at a free summer day camp for youth. The Duplin County Health Department, Warsaw Middle School and the Duplin Family and Consumer Sciences...

Arts Council taking applications for art grants

The Arts Council of Wayne County is taking applications for the 2010-11 Regional Artist Project Grants. The deadline to apply is Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. The Regional Artists Project program is managed through a partnership with the North...

State loosens grip on counties' 911 funds

Legislation that would give local governments more flexibility in how they spend money generated by 911 emergency call fees was sent to Gov. Beverly Perdue on Friday to sign into law. The action came just days after Wayne County...

Heat, pollution can create breathing problems

As the hot summer continues, people with heart problems and those susceptible to asthma attacks might have something else to worry about. In addition to other health risks associated with long exposure to heat and sunlight are the problems...

Friday, July 9, 2010

Alternative energy camp gets support from power company

Officials say an alternative energy camp started at Wayne Community College last summer has much potential -- not only for enticing youths to consider a career path, but to be replicated in other locations. Progress Energy Foundation believed in it...

Utilities say they can handle power use

Wayne County residents are unlikely to swelter through the brownouts and blackouts affecting parts of the Northeast, even though North Carolina is suffering under the same smothering heat wave. Representatives from Progress Energy and Tri-County Electric report that although their...

Kitty Askins gets $288,000 grant for expansion project

Home Health and Hospice Care will be able to use a $288,000 N.C. Rural Economic Development Center grant for its $4 million Kitty Askins Hospice Center expansion project. The Rural Health Care Initiative grant actually goes to the county,...

Soccer complex proposed for city

The Neuse River Youth Soccer Association and local Kiwanis clubs are looking to partner with the Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department to create a youth soccer complex near Waynesborough Park. A spokesman for the soccer association, Dr. Kevin Wolf,...

Proposal to build Air Force's new tanker heads to Washington

AAR Cargo Systems stands to benefit in profit and job growth should EADS North America win the bidding war with Boeing for a $40 billion to $50 billion contract to build the Air Force's next generation tanker aircraft. The...

Two sought for home invasion

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is still searching for two unidentified males who allegedly were present when a Dudley man was shot in the upper thigh during an invasion of his home. Detective Lt. Carl Lancaster said early this...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Library project reaches $200,000 in fundraising

MOUNT OLIVE -- A $10,000 pledge by Mount Olive College has pushed a grassroots fundraising effort for a new Steele Memorial Library past the $200,000 mark. Launched the first of the year by the Steele Memorial Library Steering Committee,...

Jury finds Williams guilty in 2008 murder

Brandon Lee Williams showed little emotion as he was handcuffed in a Wayne County courtroom just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole. Williams was found guilty of the 2008 shooting death of Silvia...

Hot enough for you?

The heat gripping the Northeast has spread into North Carolina, with temperatures reaching triple digits Wednesday for the second straight day. In Goldsboro, the National Weather Service recorded a high temperature of 103 degrees -- one degree higher than...

Schools change times for new year

Opening and closing times for schools have been slightly altered for the coming year, reflecting an additional 15 minutes for recess in the lower grades and an expanded lunch period for the upper grades. The Board of Education approved the...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Salvage yard gets permit to expand

Sitting as the Board of Adjustment, Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning voted 6-1 to grant a special use permit to allow an expansion project at Young's Auto Salvage. And just as they have done since the process started last...

Williams: Drug use sparked break-in, attack

A cross-examination of murder suspect Brandon Lee Williams Tuesday focused on his admissions of drug use and the role it played in the shooting death of a Fremont woman. Assistant District Attorney Matt Delbridge focused on the specific drugs...

Could one of them be the next tennis champ?

Jaden Cerezo sticks out his tongue in preparation of forehanding a tennis ball during a tennis exercise at a summer camp held at the Herman Park Recreation Center in Goldsboro. Activities for the day included tennis, kickball, and other activities...

City Council picks company to fill Spence Avenue sinkhole

Mayor Al King characterized Monday's 10-minute City Council meeting as the shortest since he joined the board, but in that time, action was taken on two issues that have recently drawn the ire of some local residents. First, as a...

Goldsboro police seek rape suspect

Goldsboro police have released the name of a George Street man accused of the the rape of a Tanglewood Trail woman on July 4. Jasper Devon Godwin, 40, is being sought on counts of first-degree burglary and first-degree rape,...

Board OKs addition of new courses at four Wayne County schools

Three elective courses will be added at four area schools this fall -- including a philosophy class, a pilot course in cultural diversity and a career readiness program. The Board of Education approved the offerings Tuesday night, and signed a...

Duplin commissioners look at possible new shelter

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Commissioners heard updates Tuesday on several county issues, conducted two public hearings and addressed concerns about a dangerous road intersection. Ken Rau of the county animal advisory board spoke to the board...

Summer Scouting

Andrew Lockerby, a Life Scout in Troop 8, finishes putting on his Class A uniform to prepare for family night at Camp Tuscarora in Four Oaks. Each week Camp Tuscarora welcomes more than 200 Scouts to its 11 campsites to...

A time to harvest

Charlie McClenny, pictured, and his sons Murray and John have begun to harvest this year's tobacco crop on their farm in the Smith Chapel community. They started cropping the tobacco last week. Other area farmers will start within the next...

Duplin gets first look at new schools chief

KENANSVILLE -- The family of Dr. Austin Obasohan looked on Tuesday as the man already known to many as "Dr. O" was sworn in to the office of superintendent of Duplin County Schools. The new schools chief resigned his...

State animal disease lab in Rose Hill will close

The state budget approved by the General Assembly this week eliminated funding for the Rose Hill Animal Disease Laboratory in Duplin County, and the lab will close July 16. The lab conducts necropsies and blood tests. It will not...

Worker rally planned in support of EADS bid for tanker contract

Goldsboro-based AAR Corp. has been identified as one of several North Carolina companies that could benefit should EADS North America win the bidding war to build the Air Force's newest tanker, the KC-45. EADS North America officials will be...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Heat attack

Ice cream man Ed Rose sells ice cream to pool goers during a 90-degree-plus day outside of the city-owned pool in Peacock Park. With the next week seeing 100-degree-plus weather, Rose is expecting to see flocks of people visiting his...

Forum planned on health reform

The public is invited to weigh in on the health care reform plan later this month, when Wayne Community College and the Health Department host a free forum at the college. The presentation will examine how the reform passed by...

Crowded jail still concern in county

Half of North Carolina's county jails were at more than 100 percent capacity at some point in recent months, according to a survey by the state Association of County Commissioners. Wayne County's lockup was among those overcrowded detention centers....

Sheriff says local riders not part of 'outlaws'

The local Ghost Riders motorcycle club is not one of the "one percent" of motorcycle groups considered to be outlaw biker gangs, Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said. Winders made his comments last week after club members and other...

Goldsboro police investigate July 4 sexual assault

Goldsboro police were still investigating a sexual assault that reportedly took place the evening of July 4, a spokesman said. Police Sgt. Chad Calloway said that a woman was reportedly assaulted by a an acquaintance at her Tanglewood Trail...

Church builds, dedicates park to four lost in fireworks accident

A year after a fireworks explosion on Ocracoke Island claimed the lives of four church members, The Lord's Table has dedicated a park and playground in their memory. Sunday morning's worship service was abbreviated, marking the somber anniversary. After several...

Monday, July 5, 2010

Students learn about hospital jobs

Some Wayne County high school students are getting a jump start on what may be their future careers. More than 20 rising sophomores, juniors and seniors attended the Wayne Memorial Hospital Health Careers Connection camp last week. Valerie Peele, staff...

WCC tuition increasing

Tuition will go up this fall at Wayne Community College but it "could have been worse," officials at the school say. The State Board of Community Colleges approved the tuition increase on Thursday as part of the 2010-2011 state...

County expected to set date for filling school board seat

When Wayne County commissioners meet Tuesday morning they are expected to schedule a special meeting for July 23 to choose a replacement for District 2 school board member Shirley Sims. Prior to that session, on July 21 and 22,...

Goldsboro High gets grant, but less funds

Goldsboro High School will get less than half of the anticipated $6 million in federal grant funds that was applied for in March, forcing school officials to get creative with spending the $2.9 million that will become available over the...

Clean water projects get $2 million in grants

RALEIGH -- Attorney General Roy Cooper announced last month that more than $2 million in grants will go to improve water quality, protect North Carolina rivers and wildlife habitat, and help farmers clean up animal waste lagoons. Projects were selected...

Bentonville holding Saturday events

FOUR OAKS -- Costumed historical intrepeters will demonstrate spinning, weaving, knitting, blacksmithing, candle-making and quilting at the Bentonville Battleground on Saturday. The event is one of the more than 100 free Second Saturday events planned across the state that...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Southern Wayne host first all-class reunion

Roy Thompson's Southern Wayne basketball days ended in 1988, but the memories are still vivid -- and cherished. " I had a love for basketball -- it was my love, I love everything about it -- exercise, practice and...

Testimony continues in Williams trial

A judge in Wayne County Superior Court on Friday dropped charges of attempted rape and attempted first-degree sexual assault against Brandon Lee Williams, who is on trial in the shooting death of a Fremont mother of two. After a...

Charitable groups see increased need, now

The arrival of summer and the faltering economy are bringing more people to local charities for help with food and utility bills, volunteers say. Susan Britt, team leader at the Community Soup Kitchen of Goldsboro, said the organization needs...

Tuscarora Boy Scouts welcome new council executive

When Tim Harper was 14 he got the chance to go on an expedition to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. His experience there convinced him that the Boy Scouts offered the life he wanted to lead as a...

Cherry patient faces multiple assault charges

In a reverse of what had become a recent trend, a patient at Cherry Hospital has been charged with several counts of assault following complaints by several hospital employees. Earnest (also spelled Ernest) Terrell Ellis is currently being held under...

Shared sacrifice

Their bond seemed to take hold almost instantly, an airman and the two former soldiers he first came into contact with Tuesday. The men's connection does, after all, run far deeper than their respective years of service to a country...

Carver alumni reunite

MOUNT OLIVE -- People from the past kept appearing in front of William "Billy" Moore on Saturday afternoon. They were classmates he hadn't seen in years -- some for as many as four decades -- as Carver High School...

Type O blood supply remains critically low

Type O blood is still in critical status, according to Kim Berrier, senior donor recruitment representative with the American Red Cross. To help get the supplies back up to normal and also encourage other donor types to give blood, the...

June proves deadly on local roadways

June was a dangerous month for roadway accidents in eastern North Carolina. At least seven people with ties to Wayne or Duplin County, including four Department of Transportation workers, were injured or killed in vehicle accidents this month. State...

Chamber to host first prime time event

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce will have its first-ever Prime Time event. Prime Time, which is taking place July 27, will feature businesses new to the Chamber of Commerce and business members who helped recruit the new members during...

Friday, July 2, 2010

Judge: Williams confession admissible in court

Wayne County Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones rejected Thursday a defense argument that a videotaped confession by accused murderer Brandon Lee Williams was inadmissible in court. Williams is on trial for the murder of Silvia Benitez Morales in March...

Internet parlors next on state's agenda

Now that the budget has been approved -- the most pressing task for the General Assembly during the short session -- local legislators are turning their attention elsewhere, including toward the proposed ban on Internet sweepstakes cafes. Already approved...

Man hopes passers-by see sign and remember freedom's price

Paul King's voice trembles with emotion when he recalls how his pastor relates the time that he had to tell an Air Force wife her husband had just died in Iraq. "And it was his daughter's first birthday," said...

Lottery will bring $1.5 million for schools in Wayne

Wayne County Public Schools will receive roughly $1.3 million less in state lottery fund allocations for 2010-11 in the budget just passed by the General Assembly. But while the funds would be reduced, counties would not be limited to...

Spirit AeroSystems starts work at Kinston facility

KINSTON -- Thursday afternoon's symbolic start of production at the new Spirit AeroSystems plant was hailed as proof of the viability and future potential of the Global TransPark. "There was a time about 20 years ago when a few...

Wayne Special Olympics athletes earn state medals

Wayne County athletes recently participated in the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games in Raleigh, earning honors in track and field, aquatics, powerlifting and golf. Twelve athletes competed in walking and running events, the shot put and the long jump....

Public record

Stolen water pipes A Warsaw-based farmer reported Wednesday morning that eight 30-foot metal water pipes were stolen from an address in the 1700 block of N.C. 55 in Mount Olive, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report. Kenneth Jones...

Officials: Caution a must around fireworks

While Wayne County has been lucky for the past few years with fireworks, with no reported major injuries, great care is still needed when using them. Goldsboro Fire Department Capt. Bernard Patterson said most of his experience with pyrotechnics...

Fourth of July one-tank trips

CLIFFS OF THE NEUSE STATE PARK The Cliffs will have stargazing from 8:30 to 10 p.m. today. Come to the cliffs and see the stars, constellations and maybe some planets. A guide will talk about the stars and let you...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Architect next step for new transfer station

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority will soon begin its search for an architect for the $4.5 million transfer station for its GATEWAY bus system. Authority Executive Director Alan Stubbs told the board at its meeting Tuesday that a request for...

Local lawmakers: Measure dictated by recession woes

Local legislators are happy that the budget is out on time this year for the first time in seven years, but not all are pleased with its results. For most, however, Larry Bell, D-Sampson, said, "It's about the best...

Jury still hearing testimony in trial

The jury was excused for much of Wednesday afternoon in the murder trial of Brandon Lee Williams, as Wayne County Superior Court Judge Arnold O. Jones heard the prosecutor argue for the inclusion of a videotaped confession by the defendant...

More N.C. residents planning to travel for July Fourth weekend

Fourth of July travel has a slightly different meaning for Jim and Bonnie Rinehart this year. "It means celebrating independence and freedom. And now that the kids are grown, we have even more freedom," Mrs. Rinehart said, laughing with her...

More officers tapped for extended patrols

The Wayne County Highway Patrol plans dramatic increases in patrol strength for the Fourth of July weekend, while local police agencies also are making special preparations for the holiday. Highway Patrol First Sgt. Jerry Burton said that "line patrols,"...

Smithfield residents warned to boil their drinking water

SMITHFIELD -- Residents of the town of Smithfield were warned to boil their water before drinking it Wednesday after E. coli bacteria was found in the system. The bacteria can cause people to become sick and is of particular...

Public record

Death investigation The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 65-year-old Pikeville resident, according to a report. June Carole Campbell, of 176 Mount Carmel Church Road, was found dead at her residence by a neighbor around 7...