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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...