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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

District prepares bus fleet for first day back on the road

The big yellow school buses will begin rolling next week, and the transportation department is putting the finishing touches on routes and assignments. In a district where enrollment hovers around 19,000-plus students, an estimated 12,000 ride a school bus each...

Bartlett: Hires at office were made properly

A story questioning the hiring of several Goldsboro residents by the North Carolina Board of Elections conveys an image of favoritism that is undeserved, says the executive director, who is himself a Goldsboro resident. A front-page headline in Tuesday's...

More of county filled out forms for census

Mayor Al King Monday night said that he thinks a low 2000 Census count could have cost the county more than $8 million over the past 10 years. And while there were some problems this year particularly counting Hispanic...

Laurean's wife says she will not testify

Through her attorney -- and during a time when the jury was not in the courtroom -- the wife of ex-Marine Cesar Laurean said she would exercise her constitutional right to not testify against herself or her husband if called...

Victim's mom takes stand in murder trial

Mary Lauterbach kept her composure -- even after a forensic biologist confirmed her daughter's DNA was found on the majority of evidence collected inside ex-Marine Cesar Laurean's garage, even while she sat on the witness stand and fielded questions...

The lure of the chalkboard

Cousins AJ Lamb, left, and Sarah Kirby doodle on a chalkboard at the Goldsboro Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church during a family reunion. The two cousins spent most of the reunion drawing in the children's day care or on the...

The witnesses

Here is a selection of the state's witnesses who took the stand Wednesday: Prosecution witness No. 35 -- Onslow County Sheriff's Office Sgt. T.J. Cavanagh: A crime scene investigator and former Marine, Cavanagh told the court he was tasked with...

Duplin school board praises teachers for latest ABC results

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Education discussed Tuesday the county's ABCs of Education test results. For the first time in six years, the county school system is no longer in improvement status, officials learned last week. None...

Increase in copper thefts has electric co-ops worried

DUDLEY -- Commodity prices for copper have more than double from what they were two years ago having reached approximately $3 per pound. These increased prices coupled with a struggling economy have led to a surge in recent copper...

Live from the courtroom: Defense begins questioning its witnesses in Laurean trial

9:30 a.m.: Court resumes. 9:37 a.m.: The state calls Steve Kling, an FBI special agent assigned to find Laurean in Mexico.Kling explained that while in Mexico tracking Laurean down he did not have the power to arrest the suspect, but...