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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Herman Park evacuated

Herman Park and the Herman Park Center have been evacuated this afternoon, after the Goldsboro Fire Department responded to a call shortly before 3 p.m. about a gas leak in Herman Park. According to Fire Chief Gary Whaley, workers were...

Downtown fire

At about 8:30 Wednesday night, the Goldsboro Fire Department received a structure fire call for 108 N. James St. When units arrived, smoke was showing from the second floor and firefighters had to force entry into the first floor, Assistant...

Officials: Signs indicate business is better

Hiring of temporary workers has increased in Wayne County in recent weeks, indicating that employment might be making a turn for the better. Bill Pate, manager of the Employment Security Commission in Goldsboro, said that while full-time hiring remains slow,...

No rides, but fair shows must go on

Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair officials said this morning that the fair midway will not open today as scheduled because of rain. A steady downpour has inundated the county and much of the state, with as much as 5-6 inches or...

Chamber looking for top spellers

The Extreme Spelling Bee continues to expand efforts to raise money to support education. This is the eighth year for the event, which has raised more than $132,000 in grants for teachers, said Janet Brock of the Chamber of Commerce....

Wet ... getting wetter

Ponding on several city and county roads has not been severe enough to warrant closing them. However, the potential for standing water on the roads did prompt Wayne County Public Schools to delay today's opening by two hours. "As...

Eastpointe graduates third crisis intervention class

Thirteen law enforcement officers within the Eastpointe catchment area participated in the 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team training in July. It was the third class sponsored by Eastpointe to graduate. The law enforcement agencies involved were Wayne County Sheriff's Department,...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Enrollment still on rise at Wayne Community College

Student numbers at Wayne Community College continue to climb, Dr. Kay Albertson, college president, told the board of trustees Tuesday night. The fall enrollment has surpassed last year's, she said, and continuing education is also reflecting the trend. Currently, fall...

Heart Walk planned for Saturday in Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Peggy Hester can remember a time when she could count on one hand the number of walkers, including herself, in the Mount Olive Area Heart Walk. The walk, a tradition here since 1971, is now numbered...

Rain, rain on way

Wayne County can expect another drenching of 4 to 6 inches of rain between now and tomorrow afternoon as a fast-moving tropical depression sweeps across the state. While the heavy rains could produce some flooding, the storm that quickly...

Fair prep

Marco Ortega of Powers Great American Midways cleans a carousel horse as he prepares the ride for the 62nd annual Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair that begins Thursday. This year's fair will feature 48 rides, 35 food vendors and 35...

Wayne Community College budget now set at $34 million

The Wayne Community College board of trustees approved a $34 million budget Tuesday night and briefly discussed beautification efforts at the college. The budget, which reflects $21.5 million from state and federal sources and $3.5 million from the county, actually...

What does forecast mean for Wayne Regional Fair?

Wayne Regional Fair Manager Milton Ingram said this morning that rain moving across the area could make opening day Thursday "iffy" but that fair officials are hoping for the best. Forecasts call for skies to clear Thursday afternoon. The gates...

City man arrested on five sex abuse charges

A Goldsboro man has been charged with several sexual offenses by both the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and the Goldsboro Police Department. Willie Brewington, 45, of Thoroughfare Road, was arrested Monday and charged with attempted first-degree rape and two counts...

Mount Olive College changes Alumni Weekend

MOUNT OLIVE -- Alumni Weekend at Mount Olive College, originally a part of the Pickle Classic basketball tournament activities, has grown so successful that it will now have its own identity. "We tried to pack so many things in...

DOT: Rain requires careful driving

RALEIGH -- Heavy rains associated with the tropical depression off the coast of North Carolina could result in flash flooding along roadways over the next few days causing dangerous driving conditions. The storm is expected to dump 4 to...

Woman watches out for, saves neighbor

Margaret Davenport Gibbs likes knowing what's going on around her apartment building on Beech Street, and her attentiveness recently saved a neighbor's life. The 76-year-old was the first to notice when a strange smell started coming from a neighboring...

Queen of the Fair contestants

The contestants for the 2010 Queen of the Fair pageant are, first row, from left, MacKenzie Malham, Sarah Wyse, Diamond Ferrer, Sara Boltinhouse, Mitzi Artega, Candice Jackson and Kimber Pender. On the second row, from left, are Chelece Dobson, Sarah...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wright guilty of shooting officer

After deliberating for 35 minutes, a jury found Jerome Wright guilty of seven of the eight charges against him in connection with the shooting of Goldsboro police Officer Clint Hales in June 2008. However, the jury found Wright not guilty...

Raindrops kept falling Monday, but much too late for farmers

Mike Jones was glad to see the soaking rain fall on his Nahunta-area farmland over the past two days -- even if it came too late to salvage what he calls his worst crop season in 34 years. As...

Arrest is made in weekend break-in

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has arrested the suspect it believes broke into the Wayne County Courthouse Friday night. Brent Mannis, 27, whose last known address was N.C. 58 North in Trenton, was charged Monday with felony breaking and entering,...

$500,000 grant will help track care for children

Dr. Dave Tayloe of Goldsboro Pediatrics wants to establish a way to track children and youths with special health care needs and to make sure they are getting the appropriate services. And now he will have a half million dollars...

Sheriff candidates square off at Grantham forum

GRANTHAM -- Nine candidates, most running unopposed, spoke at a forum Monday sponsored by the Grantham Grange. Republican Sheriff Carey Winders and his Democratic challenger, Glenn Barnes, were the only candidates involved in a true contest. In his speech,...

Little River Volunteer Fire Department receives $9,000 state grant

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced this week that the Little River Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $9,294.70 grant through the state's 2010 Volunteer Fire Department Fund. The check will be mailed to Chief...

Local students can compete in Saturday Mathnasium triathlon

Goldsboro will be one of the sites of the first statewide Mathnasium triathlon on Saturday. Eight regional competitions will be held, with a dozen centers represented. The registration deadline has been extended to Thursday online, and the morning of...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Cop shooter found guilty

Jerome Wright, 27, was found guilty today on seven of the eight charges in connection with a June 2008 shooting of Goldsboro Police Officer Clint Hales. He was found not guilty of attempted first-degree murder, but was convicted on the...

Tickets are on sale for United Way's Taste of Wayne

Whether you're in the mood for barbecue, ham biscuits, pizza, Peruvian delights or just a sweet treat, the annual Taste of Wayne County will have it all. This is the 20th year of the United Way of Wayne County event,...

Special Olympian picked to travel to '11 World Games

Heather Pardue studied the pins at the end of the lane, picked up her 14-pound purple bowling ball and prepared to take aim. Releasing the ball, it spun down the boards and knocked over the bulk of the black and...

Public record

Stolen, damaged air conditioners Police have investigated three recent reports in which air conditioning units were either damaged or stolen. Deanglea White of Thurman Street reported the theft of a $3,000 central air conditioning and heating unit. A two...

Help for any child

DUDLEY -- Megan Sutton squeals with delight as she shows how she can walk with a little help from her dad. It is a big achievement. Two years ago, the 3-year-old couldn't move anything but her neck. Bailey Sutton,...

Sunday, September 26, 2010

WCC among most military-friendly schools

Wayne Community College has been recognized for its commitment to responding to the educational needs of active duty military and veterans. G.I. Jobs, a publication and website serving people in transition from the military to civilian life, included WCC...

Defendant takes stand in cop shooting trial

At Jerome Wright's attempted murder trial Friday, the defendant himself took the stand to explain the events of June 8, 2008. Wright, 27, is accused of trying to kill Goldsboro police Officer Clint Hales. Wright faces one count of attempted...

WAGES offer program for at-risk youth and their parents

If there's a way to prevent young people from going down the wrong path, Nicholas Worrell would like to be part of finding it. The male involvement coordinator at WAGES says the statistics of juvenile crimes and teen violence are...

Mayor King gets highest honor from DGDC

Those who know Al King well prodded him Friday evening about his propensity to be long-winded. But when those same people presented Goldsboro's mayor with the Downtown Lifetime Achievement Award -- an honor that has only been awarded to seven...

Newspaper carrier retires after 40 years on job

Betty Kearney isn't just a newspaper carrier. To the people on her daily route, she is a friend, a smiling face, a warm hello -- and even a lifesaver. The veteran News-Argus carrier is retiring at the end of this...

Break-in discovered at courthouse

A Friday night break-in at the Wayne County Courthouse appears to have been an attempt to steal electronic equipment and is not related to any ongoing court cases, Wayne County Sheriff's Capt. Tom Effler said Saturday afternoon. A photograph of...

Wayne Regional fair nears

You can almost smell the Polish sausages and fried dough. And see the lights from Ferris wheel and hear the barkers shouting "Step right up!" It's fair time in Wayne County again. The 62nd annual Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair...

Companies aim to expand in Duplin County

KENANSVILLE - Two Duplin County businesses may expand their operations, and a third is close to finishing construction of its own new facility. Soybean product manufacturers Bunge North America and Whole Harvest and textile company Guilford Mills are three companies...

T.A. Loving settles workers rights lawsuit

A Goldsboro construction company will pay $47,500 to three former workers because they were fired for refusing to work on Saturday for what they said were religious reasons, according to a new release by the United States Equal Opportunity...

Friday, September 24, 2010

Juror replaced in trial

Before continuing Jerome Wright's attempted murder trial on Thursday, presiding Judge Jack Jenkins dismissed one of the jurors and replaced him with an alternate. It was brought to the court's attention that one of the jurors was seen talking to...

Governor announces new round of grants

Standing in front of the Kitty Askins expansion that has benefited from a $288,000 Rural Health Care Initiative grant, Gov. Beverly Perdue on Thursday announced the launch of a second $6 million round of the program. The list of...

A new look, yes, but will it help with patient care, working conditions?

BUTNER -- A new start. For the staff and patients at Central Regional Hospital, that's what it was when they moved from the John B. Umstead and Dorothea Dix campuses in 2008. And the hope is that the same...

What's next for Cherry?

Construction on the new Cherry Hospital, just a half-mile down the road from the current facility, is set to begin with a groundbreaking scheduled for Oct. 1. Terry Hatcher, director of the state Department of Health and Human Services...

N.C. pork barbecue cook-off to be Saturday

The state's best barbecue cooks are once again going head to head to identify North Carolina's pork barbecue-cooking champion. Sponsored by the N.C. Pork Council, the 26th annual North Carolina State Championship Barbecue Cookoff will be held on Saturday...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Testimony continues in Wright trial

The state continued its case against Jerome Demond Wright Wednesday in Wayne County Superior Court. Wright is accused of trying to kill Goldsboro Police Officer Clint Hales in June 2008. Wright, 27, faces one count of attempted first-degree murder,...

Instant runoff will be on N.C. fall ballots

One political race this fall will offer North Carolina voters an instant runoff option intended to speed up the voting process. Wayne and Duplin County voters will join other residents Nov. 2 using the instant runoff voting, also known as...

She's one of nation's best storytellers

Landry Harrell began creating stories at 3 years old, before she could even write. "She would tell me the story and I would write it down, about Catty the Caterpillar," her mom, Melissa Harrell, said. Now 8 years old, Landry...

WCC dances its way through drive kickoff

It was "an afternoon to reckon with," said Wayne Community College President Dr. Kay Albertson on Wednesday, as the college kicked off its 2010-2011 campus fund drive, presented two distinguished faculty awards and held its own version of "Dancing with...

Duplin board rejects county settlement offer

KENANSVILLE -- Despite a two-hour discussion and half a dozen motions, the Duplin County Board of Education was unable to approve any variation of a school funding memorandum proposed by the county commission. Superintendent Dr. Austin Obasohan offered multiple recommendations...

Officials: Landfill gas will be used for electricity

DUDLEY -- Construction is nearing completion on a project at the Wayne County landfill that will turn methane gas into electricity that could eventually provide power for up to 1,600 homes. The gas, a byproduct of decomposition in the...

Boys & Girls Club hosting family fun day Friday at Goldsboro site

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County are hosting a family fun day on Friday, encouraging adults to find ways to spend quality time with young people. It's all part of the organization's effort to establish stronger relationships between...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Commissioners approve fire service district changes

The few speakers at Tuesday morning's public hearing on the county's new fire service districts were more interested in clarifying which district their property is in than in what the districts are and how they will work. And following...

DHHS officials support changes

Despite all the recent problems at Cherry Hospital, the state psychiatric facility's administration seems to have the unwavering support of those higher up in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Recognizing that hospital director Philip Cook has...

Suspect in officer shooting on trial

The trial of alleged police shooter Jerome Demond Wright began Tuesday in Wayne County Superior Court. Wright, 27, is being tried on one count of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer with a...

Daddy's big surprise

PIKEVILLE -- For a split second, it was as if AnnaLee Casto didn't recognize the uniform-clad man standing in her classroom doorway. But then she looked into his eyes. "Daddy," the little girl said, running toward him. And moments later,...

Director: Cherry Hospital staff still adjusting to new policies

Responding to concerns by his nursing staff of unsafe working conditions, Cherry Hospital Director Philip Cook admitted that the past several months have been rough at the state psychiatric facility. A large part of that, he said, was that...

Motorcycle fatalities down so far in 2010

A recent report released by the North Carolina Highway Patrol said motorcycle fatalities are up 20 percent across the state, but in Wayne County, the news is much better. First Sgt. G.L. Burton said fatalities in the county this...

Seniors show what they've got

Agtha Massey, 84, sings out "Hold my hand, Jesus," while performing  gospel songs during the Wayne County Senior Center Open House. The Senior Center Open House highlighted many of the specially designed programs for people ages 60 and up that...

Disability Committee award nods due soon

Nominations for awards to be presented by the Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities are due Oct. 4. The awards will be presented at the City of Goldsboro's Community Affairs Office annual awards luncheon on Oct. 21 at the...

Public record

Copper theft An estimated $24,000 in damages were done to a cell tower on O'Berry Road at Dudley. Another $150 in damage was done to a fence. Thieves took six copper plates valued at $1,200 and copper wiring valued...

Fashion show to raise money for abandoned animals

The topic will be the latest fall styles, but dogs and cats, not the human models, will be the main focus of an upcoming fashion show fundraiser for the Wayne County Animal Adoption and Education Center. Sponsored by Maurices,...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lady in the Park set to receive a facelift

As of this weekend, a mainstay at Herman Park will be missing. Members of the Goldsboro City Council were informed Monday that the "Lady in the Park" statue would be removed from its location Friday -- that it would...

Accident victim is back in Minnesota

A former Goldsboro man who broke his back and neck in a speed-gliding accident has been transferred to a hospital closer to his parents' Minnesota home. Joe Stone, 25, left Wayne County years ago when his parents, Ron and Kim...

Town has juggled checks to pay bills

MOUNT OLIVE -- For 13 of the past 15 months, the town of Mount Olive has been forced to hold onto checks or otherwise face bank overdrafts of anywhere from $3,264.39 to $86,744.69. In May, for the second time...

Commissioners approve lease for Duplin General Hospital

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to lease the Duplin General Hospital to University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina for a period of 25 years. The hospital board, county staff and University Health Systems...

Mising Mount Olive man found

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Mount Olive man was reported missing Monday evening and was found several hours later inside a church at Rones Chapel in northern Duplin County. Craig Jackson, who has had health problems in recent years, was...

Rival turns inspiration

A few minutes before 7 p.m. Monday, members of the Eastern Wayne High School soccer team ran over to the bleachers where former Charles B. Aycock student David Burke sat in his wheelchair. The team members had just finished warming...

Wood fire burns 60 acres

A wood fire consuming about 60 acres off Pineview Cemetery Road Monday might have been started after a burn of a cornfield got out of control, Indian Springs Fire Department Chief Phil Shivar said today. "We're pretty sure that...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Wayne Commissioners considering district service lines change

Wayne County residents Tuesday morning will have the opportunity to be heard on proposed new fire service district lines that county fire officials say will clarify existing fire protection and insurance district lines without any additional tax. A public...

Working' it - A puzzling puzzle

The Job: Floor installation specialist The Company: Thad's Carpet One The Location: Goldsboro When I was a kid, some cruel family member got me a jigsaw puzzle for Christmas. The fact that it was a puzzle didn't make it cruel,...

Mount Olive administrator explains why cuts are a must

MOUNT OLIVE - A $124,000 shortfall in the town budget's general fund and $500,000 in bond payments have prompted town officials to take what they say have been prudent measures to ensure that the town weathers the economic maelstrom,...

Fremont man dies in 1-car accident

FREMONT -- A single vehicle accident on R.P. 1506 north of Fremont killed one person just after midnight Sunday. Charles Sexton, 37, of Fremont, died of his injuries after losing control of his vehicle and striking a ditch. State Highway...

Hearing set on 2-bridge project plan

WILSON -- The replacement of two bridges on Downing Road (State Road 1163) over a swamp northeast of the Wiggins Mill Reservoir will be the subject of a citizens' informational workshop Sept. 28. Sponsored by the state Department of...

Crash victims' names released

DUDLEY -- State Highway Patrol troopers have identified the four men killed Saturday night in Dudley in a three-vehicle accident. Officials said Jeremy Elijah Bryant Pate, 20, of Dudley was speeding and attempting to pass another vehicle in a no-passing...

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Vietnam POW tells his story at SJAFB

His F-4 Phantom failing to recover from a blow delivered by an enemy MiG, Jack Van Loan made a quick decision that would change his life. "I was told when I went through pilot training ... that ejection is...

Four dead in U.S. 117 accident

DUDLEY -- Four unidentified males died Saturday night in a head-on vehicle collision on U.S. 117 South Alternate in Dudley. The white male driver of a gold Chrysler Sebring sedan was traveling at an estimated 70-75 miles per hour when...

Cherry Hospital - The rest of the story: Nurses speak out

Ever since the deaths of two patients at Cherry Hospital, the state's eastern psychiatric facility has struggled with a reputation as a poor place to receive personal mental health care. Today, however, among at least some of the nurses...

WCPS students, staff say summer school successful

Brianna Wilson, a fourth-grader at Carver Heights Elementary School, was glad she got to go to summer school. She liked the "jump start breakfasts" and being able to write a book during the five-week session, she said. But it was...

Goldsboro man arrested for sex offense with minor

Police arrested a Goldsboro man Saturday for an alleged sexual offense against a minor. Officers arrested Henry Tyrone Randolph, 31, of West New Hope Road on felony charges of first degree sexual offense and indecent liberties with a child....

Rally: Vote faith, Constitution

"Vote, and vote conservatively" was the message Saturday at the "God and Country Rally" at Herman Park, sponsored by the Citizens for Constitutional Liberties. And Wayne County residents Joyce Hatch and Mary Davis said they are prepared to heed...

Health week geared toward helping families

A community event designed to get families healthier will be held in Goldsboro next month. "Family Health Week" will feature an array of activities for all ages Oct. 3-9. Sponsored by the Health and Wellness Alliance of Wayne County, a...

Cliffs of Neuse makes all signs for N.C. parks

In the old days, otherwise known as the early 1990s, park rangers at North Carolina's state parks had an unusual and sometimes unwelcome job during the slower winter months -- hand-carving slabs of redwood into attractive and legible signs...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Four killed in fatal accident

Four people were killed Saturday evening in a three-car accident on U.S. 117 Alt. in front of the Tri-County Electric office. The accident is being investigated by the state Highway Patrol. For the full story, see Sunday's News-Argus....

Friday, September 17, 2010

Reuel sells division to Balfour

An operation specializing in power systems and components for the mass transit industry that got its start 20 years ago in Mount Olive has become a division of an international engineering and infrastructure company. Balfour Beatty Rail Inc., an industry-leading...

Program offers students chance to register to have a say Nov. 2

As election season looms, the Wayne County Board of Elections has expanded its efforts by promoting voter awareness through area schools. Voter registration and pre-registration events such as Constitution Day -- today marks the 223rd anniversary of signing of the...

Highway patrol changes chase policy

North Carolina Highway Patrol officials have made a change to the patrol's chase policy -- in the wake of several accidents and liability concerns. According to First Sgt. G.L. Burton, troopers will no longer take over vehicle chases that originate...

Volunteer wanted for thefts at school

A former Wayne County school volunteer is wanted on felony warrants, according to a report from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Glen-wood Earl Burden Jr., 38, is wanted for felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession...

Goldsboro police arrest two for attempted murder

Two suspects in connection with an Aug. 26 shooting have been arrested. Kelvin James, 21, Pittman Street, and Trevis Kinsey, 21, Fussel Street, were arrested Wednesday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent...

Book to set record straight for 'Sgt. Smack'

Goldsboro native and former armed forces member Leslie "Ike" Atkinson was convicted of drug trafficking in the Vietnam era -- and now, the 84-year-old drug "kingpin" is telling the story of how he brought a reported $400 million in heroin...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A moment to relax

Louise Hinnant and Lana Smithwick (in back) practice tai chi moves during a class at the Herman Park Center. Tai chi classes, led by instructor Rhonda Stokes, are held at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and 6 p.m. Thursdays at the Herman...

Twenty marijuana plants found in Fremont

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has recovered 20 marijuana plants that were growing in the county. In response to a tip Sheriff Carey Winders received, the Sheriff's Office used a helicopter to search around Pinkney Church Road in Fremont....

Hospital announces 4 percent rate hike

The board of directors for Wayne Memorial Hospital approved a 4 percent rate increase and a 2011 capital budget at its Tuesday meeting. The increase, the same percentage as this past year, was described as necessary to cover higher...

Arts Council calls for photos for exhibit

It started when an airman shared some photographs with his wife -- shots taken by one of his comrades during their shared tour in Gardez, Afghanistan. He should have known his spouse would see something more than simple images --...

Health Board: Sex ed will help

The state-mandated comprehensive health education program -- which includes a sexual education component -- could be "good news" when it comes to teen pregnancy prevention, said Health Director James Roosen. At Wednesday's Board of Health meeting, Roosen said he is...

Mount Olive has to lay off to handle debt load

Austerity moves by the town of Mount Olive have claimed two more jobs and a third could be looming, Mayor-Pro Tem Kenny Talton said Monday evening. One is in the police department, while the other is in the water...

Public record

Local business looking for stolen golf cart Sleepy Creek County Club in Dudley is looking for a golf cart that was stolen from the business between 6 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7 a.m. Aug. 7. The golf cart is a...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Planning Board wants closer look at DOT's priorities list for U.S. 70

The Wayne County Planning Board's Tuesday night meeting was a flashback to more than a year ago when complaints about a lack of communication and questions of who has transportation planning responsibility sparked contention between the board and the...

Scores on SAT drop in county

For the second year, scores have dropped on Wayne County high schools' SAT, or Scholastic Aptitude Tests -- this time by 9 points each in reading and math, and 15 points in writing. The report was released this week by...

Spence Avenue repairs on schedule

Alberto Castanada of Hine Sitework works on the new drainage pipe that will run under Spence Avenue. The road, which has been closed since March, is being repaired after the original 84-inch corrugated steel pipe, which ran under the...

Motorcycle run will benefit victims of domestic violence

Local motorcycle enthusiasts will hit the road Saturday for the fourth annual Ride Without Fear poker run, with proceeds supporting Wayne Uplift's domestic violence programs. Also know as KC's Ride in honor of the late Karen Crawford -- killed by...

WCC plans voter registration

Wayne Community College will host a voter registration drive on Friday as part of a "Constitution Day" activity. The drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Atrium of the Wayne Learning Center. The voter drive...

Fremont man recounts 9/11 experiences in D.C.

PIKEVILLE -- Nine years ago as Wayne County residents watched the coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks, Johnny Pippin was frantically trying to get word to his wife that he was OK. A tobacco marketing specialist with the U.S....

Board tables action on request to add gate to local subdivision

Action was tabled Tuesday night by the Wayne County Planning Board on what would be the county's first gated community. Developers told the board that members of the Mallard Pointe subdivision Homeowners Association had asked for the gate for...

After years of silence, sisters are enjoying small sounds of life

For Jennifer Bedsole and Mandy Taylor, hearing the din of a busy household is a victory. The sisters, who both received middle ear implants, are now able to hear those everyday sounds most people take for granted, but that,...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

N.C. GOP leaders offer list of state priorities

North Carolina Republicans are hoping voters' disapproval of the national Democratic Party will result in a state shift of power this November as well -- and they have released a blueprint for what they will do if they are...

Schools continue efforts to take aim at student bullies

One of the techniques used to thwart bullying in schools -- writing an anonymous letter -- has been very effective in curbing incidents in one county school -- and could also have applications elsewhere, Wayne County's school board members discussed...

Police: Teen, 17, victim of hit, run

Goldsboro police have determined a teen injured early Sunday morning on U.S. 117 was the victim of a hit and run. Around 3:40 a.m. Sunday, area law enforcement agencies were notified that a 17-year-old, later identified as Carlos Ivan...

Leaders share ideas for better programs for state's youths

The N.C. Center for Afterschool Programs Monday unveiled a roadmap it hopes will help lawmakers better serve youths around the state. More than 60 community leaders, after school providers and educators from 18 counties gathered at City Hall to discuss...

916th is best unit

OXON HILL, Md. -- More than an hour before Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley told a crowd he hoped to see the latest refueling tanker in use by next fall, a group of airmen was honored on the...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Parts, paint and dreams

The Job: Auto dealership employee The Company: Chevrolet Cadillac of Goldsboro The Location: Goldsboro I arrived at Chevrolet Cadillac of Goldsboro ready to make some money. Wearing a sweater vest and dress pants, I thought I looked suitable enough to...

Walk to battle disease set for October

There will be a few changes at this year's Alzheimer's Walk, organizers say. For the past eight years, the Memory Walk has taken place in early October at Herman Park. This year, there is a new name, location change and...

Water on county's to-do list for state

Protecting water resources and watersheds and building reservoirs are two projects that are going to require building partnerships with other counties, Wayne County commissioners say. More reasonable state rules and regulations are also a must if counties are going...

Public record

Man found hurt on side of U.S. 117 On Sunday at approximately 3:40 a.m. the Goldsboro Police Department, along with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and the N.C. Highway Patrol, were notified of a Hispanic male subject lying near the...

10-day numbers are in: 1,100 added to the rolls

Nearly 1,100 more students enrolled in Wayne County's 31 schools since classes resumed Aug. 25, prompting staff changes at six schools, officials announced. Sept. 8 marked the 10th day of classes, the marker used by the state to determine class...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Pikeville gathers to remember 9/11

PIKEVILLE--Congressman Walter Jones still vividly remembers the events of Sept. 11, 2001. In his Washington, D.C., office when the first plane struck one of the World Trade towers in New York City, he said he was unaware of the significance...

Three compete in Junior Miss competition

Meghan Cunningham, Bryna Havenook and Taylor Smith competed in the first Wayne County Junior Miss event Saturday evening at the Paramount theater. Ms. Smith won the scholarship competition....

Gone, but still not forgotten

Bikers are a peculiar breed of people, says John Pollock of Goldsboro. "They'll be at war with one another but when there's a common cause, they'll turn up -- that's what we do," he said. "It's like a brotherhood....

Flu clinic planned for next weekend

On the heels of this week's announcement of two flu cases confirmed in the state, Wayne County Health Department will hold its first mass flu clinic on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. This year, only one vaccination will...

Duplin considers central office for school district

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County commissioners voted this week to pay half the costs of a study examining the feasibility of converting the Hardison building in Kenansville into a centralized office for the county school system. Currently school officials operate...

4-H collect food for hungry

Wayne County 4-H'ers will be using part of their time at the county fair this year to fight hunger in their community. Local 4-H'ers will participate in the Healthy Food Drive the week of the county fair, collecting canned goods...

Friday, September 10, 2010

Superstar start

There was a good guy, a bad guy and plenty of "pows," wows and spirit as the United Way of Wayne County kicked off its 2010-11 campaign Thursday at the Paramount Theater. Campaign chairman Lynn Williams, as known as...

Seven Springs show to benefit handicapped

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Miss Seven Springs Annie Snodgrass doesn't wear her crown when she's volunteering at the Rocking Horse Ranch in Greenville, but the East Carolina University student still feels like a winner every time one of her therapeutic riding...

Officials seek tips on death at local Bojangles

LAGRANGE -- The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office has released video surveillance of Bojangles in LaGrange to help it identify a murder suspect from a June shooting. Kenneth Leefe, the manager of the Bojangles restaurant on U.S. 70 in LaGrange, was...

Ground broken for $900 million power plant

Preliminary site work is expected to begin next month on a project that will pump almost a billion-dollar investment into Wayne County. Local, state and national officials gathered Thursday morning at an overgrown field off Black Jack Church Road...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Learning by playing

Advocate Jennifer Macha helps Casey Thompson decide which card to play while Anthony Barnes looks at his hand during a Phase 10 card game at the Specialized Day Program in the Herman Park Center. Miss Thompson and Barnes are two...

Chili chefs sought for charity's cookoff

It's time to break out the slow cookers and dust off the recipe books for the fourth annual Really Chili Challenge benefiting the Community Soup Kitchen of Goldsboro. The challenge will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday,...

Duplin names new commissioner to Wells' vacated seat

KENANSVILLE -- Jessie Hand Ladson of Bowden was appointed Tuesday to the Duplin County Board of Commissioners, filling the seat recently vacated by her former political opponent, the Rev. Reginald Wells. Mrs. Ladson ran against Wells in 2008 and received...

Leaders table talk of U.S. 70 priorities

Wayne County commissioners' discussion of access management on the U.S. 70 bypass project came to an abrupt end Tuesday without the board responding to a request by the U.S. 70 Corridor Commission for its endorsement of a proposed priority...

$3 million runway paving project closes county airport for several weeks

The aircraft have left the Goldsboro-Wayne Airport and will stay gone for the next few weeks as a runway repaving and strengthening project gets under way. A portion of one runway remains available for use by small airplanes. The...

Duplin school board could vote soon on joint agreement with county

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin Superintendent Dr. Austin Obasohan is "very impressed with the way things are moving" with a proposed school funding memorandum of understanding that school board members could vote on the measure at their next meeting. The Duplin Board...

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Student gives bit of history back to WCC

When Jennifer King was a young girl, Saturdays were devoted to scouting out yard sales with her family. Many treasures could be unearthed from within boxes that had been thrown out, she said. Like the stack of newspapers tossed into...

Progress Energy to break ground on gas-fueled plant

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. for Progress Energy's $900 million natural gas-fueled power plant in Wayne County. Preliminary site preparation will get under way by the end of the year with the bulk of...

Subdivision gets initial OK from county

A preliminary plat for a proposed 98-lot subdivision on Nor-Am Road was approved by Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning after Commissioner Andy Anderson failed to convince them the project should be tied to road safety improvements, including turn and...

United Way Kickoff

Holy Community Campaign! Where are the heroes when you need them? The United Way will kick off its annual campaign Thursday evening at the Paramount Theatre with an appearance by the ultimate super villain and only the help of the...

Mayor asks company for live city coverage

Mayor Al King vowed Monday evening to fight for local residents -- to take a stand against Time Warner Cable for making a decision he said negatively impacts the quality of life of Goldsboro citizens. But with the exception of...

Three new Wildlife officers

SALEMBURG -- Three area people are among 15 new officers announced by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Michael Paxinos of Pikeville, Jamie D. Wood of Wallace and William Parrish of Clinton joined the ranks of the Division of...

Pikeville officials reject fireworks

PIKEVILLE -- Officials agreed Tuesday night to make sewer, sidewalk and street improvements to the town, but decided fireworks will not be in the town's budget next year. As early as the end of this week or the start...

Woman arrested for sex offense

Goldsboro Police arrested Betty Sue Blizzard, 31, of Day Circle, this morning for one count of statutory rape and one count of statutory sexual offense. Police say the victim was a 14-year-old boy who is an acquaintance of Ms. Blizzard....

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

United Way will kick off 2010 campaign Thursday

United Way of Wayne County will promote its annual campaign with a different message this year -- despite the gloomy economy, the community is filled with super heroes. The campaign kickoff will be held on Thursday evening at the Paramount...

Anne steps out of pages onto college's stage

When 14-year-old Kristie Johnson took the stage at Moffatt Auditorium during last week's auditions, the character in L.M. Montgomery's book "Anne of Green Gables" came alive, the director of the upcoming play said. "Over 20 girls of all ages auditioned...

Bringing in the corn

Ron Sutton of Seven Springs checks ears of corn as they are picked in a field off Piney Grove Church Road. Farmers are in the middle of harvesting corn, with the recent spate of dry weather giving them a chance...

Teen, 17, sought in shooting found in Mount Olive attic

MOUNT OLIVE -- The 17-year-old sought in last month's shooting of another 17-year-old was found Monday hiding in the attic of an Oliver Street home. Ramil Marque Council was arrested without incident and charged in connection with the Aug....

Council will eye ethics policy

The Goldsboro City Council will discuss a proposed ethics policy for council members at a work session today. The council will meet for a work session at 5 p.m. in Room 206 of the City Hall addition prior to...

WCC Civil War series moving to larger venue

Overwhelming interest in a series of lectures on Wayne County's role in the American Civil War has led the Foundation of Wayne Community College to move them to a larger venue. The five free lectures that highlight different aspects...

City Fire Department mentoring program tonight at fire station

A new Goldsboro Fire Department program is taking steps to ensure future applicants are well-prepared. The Goldsboro Fire Department Mentoring Program is geared toward people 16 and older who are interested in a career as a firefighter. The program...

Three girls attacked by dogs

Three Dudley girls were attacked by two pit bulls Monday afternoon, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Three girls, ages 11, 12 and 15, told Cpl. Kenneth Grice they were walking around the Mobile Circle neighborhood when two...

Monday, September 6, 2010

Workin' it -- Goldsboro Equestrian Center

The Job: Horse lesson instructor The Company: Goldsboro Equestrian Center The Location: Goldsboro When I walked into the Goldsboro Equestrian Center I saw a sign that gave me pause. "Please don't feed fingers to the horses," it said. I thought...

Pikeville to host annual Summer Blast

PIKEVILLE -- This year's Pikeville Summer Blast in the Park has special meaning to it, organizers of the event say. "This year it's a little bit more special because it falls on Sept. 11, so we want to do a...

Miracle child recovering after tragic accident

The family of 16-month-old Elayah "Liyah" Monae Garner doesn't know how long it will before she will be able to run and play like she could before that awful Wednesday in July when she was accidentally run over in...

Wayne to begin testing new 911 system

A test console will be installed this week in Wayne County's 911 center to begin training dispatchers on how to use the county's new $10 million emergency radio system. The new system is expected to be operational by mid-November....

Mount Olive works to update long-term transportation plan

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Town of Mount Olive will update its long-range transportation plan for the first time in more than 16 years. The multi-modal plan will look at all aspects of town transportation, from studying busy road intersections...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Colonel discusses deployment

The news was "late-breaking": members of the 336th Rocketeers would begin their stint at Bagram Airfield early -- their tour of duty extended from the four months each was preparing to spend at war to half-a-year. But 4th Fighter...

Alumni celebrate days past at Norwayne high

FREMONT -- Brenda Hicks watched and waved from her lawn chair Saturday morning as her friends from the Norwayne School Class of 1967 rolled by in the back seat of a car, calling greetings to the dozens of parade-goers...

Guardian ride to benefit troops injured since 9/11

They are used to coming together in Afghanistan -- airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Marines from Camp Lejeune and soldiers from Fort Bragg. But Saturday, their forces will be joined stateside, as motorcycle clubs from each of...

Sheriff seeking suspects in local robberies

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has seen the number of residential break-ins increase in the past two months in Wayne and surrounding counties -- and officials are hoping residents might be able to help bring the culprits to justice,...

GHS's new attitude

Principal John Twitty wants community members, parents and students to know that something is different at Goldsboro High School. It is a change in attitude, he says, and a determination that this school year and beyond will bring more...

Choo! Choo!

Mackenzie Whitley, 6, left, smiles and laughs with her friend Seth Paruscia, 2, as they ride the Kiwanis Train in Herman Park. The train has operated in the park since June 13, 1955, and funds raised through ticket and concession...

Help get her out

Tammie Hedges, director of Purrrfect Friends Feline Shelter and Adoption, looks out of the cage she has locked herself in at Tractor Supply on Cashwell Street in Goldsboro. Hedges has spent the last two days locked in the cage to...

Local churches to raise funds for Red Cross at mall Saturday

Visitors to Berkeley Mall Saturday can have fun riding a mechanical bull, enjoy some good food and even get a cheap haircut -- all while supporting the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross. The Bridge church is...

County's first Junior Miss pageant set Saturday

The first Wayne County Junior Miss Scholarship program will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre. But it is actually the second year for the local event. It was introduced in the area in 2009 by...

Company aerospace certified

Goldsboro Machine Works has become the second company in the county, possibly the region, to earn the certification required to do business with the aerospace industry. The awarding of the Aerospace Standard AS9100 and International Quality System Standard ISO...

Friday, September 3, 2010

Hedges locks in to raise money for Purrrfect Friends

Tammie Hedges of Purrrfect Friends Cat Rescue and Adoption cuddles with a kitty after being locked in a cage Friday in front of Tractor Supply on Cashwell Drive in Goldsboro. Ms. Hedges is raising money for the feline rescue and...

Last jam of the season

Gene and MaryKay Cox dance along with other couples to the music of The Legends of Beach at downtown Goldsboro's last Center Street Jam of the summer. The Legends of Beach were a part of the eight-band series that began...

Shooting suspect sought

MOUNT OLIVE -- Ramil Marque Council, 17, is being sought by Mount Olive police in connection with a shooting and robbery that occurred Aug. 28. Council, who is known to frequent the Dudley and Mount Olive areas, should be...

MOC named among military-friendly by national magazine

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College was among 33 North Carolina colleges and universities named this week to a 2010-11 list of military-friendly schools. G.I. Jobs magazine honors each year the top 15 percent of schools that make an extra...

County's officers will be on lookout for violators on Labor Day travel weekend

In an effort to reduce drunken driving, speeding and traffic accidents over the Labor Day weekend, area law enforcement officers are increasing the number of patrols and checkpoints. State Highway Patrol First Sgt. G.L. Burton said his office plans to...

Men sought for Aug. 26 attempted murder in city

Investigators with the Goldsboro Police Department are looking for two men in connection with a shooting that is being considered attempted murder. On Aug. 26 around 7:40 p.m. Shonshi Chavez and Marcus Johnson were riding in a vehicle in...

Feds say 'no' to city's bid for grant

The city of Goldsboro's pre-application for federal funds to pay the cost of realigning Central Heights Road at Royall Avenue has been rejected -- not because the project costs too much, but because its total cost of $8 million...

Hunting season starts

Dove hunting season begins Saturday. Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders advises county residents they may hear an increase of gun shots starting Saturday with the start of dove hunting season. "Typically the Sheriff's Office gets a lot more shots...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Museum plans 'Heroes' exhibit, contest, concert

The Wayne County Historical Association and Wayne County Museum are preparing for upcoming events including a "Heroes" exhibit, a youth photography contest and a concert by the Donald Underwood Thompson Trio. The new exhibit will feature a special presentation by...

Abandoned animals continuing problem in county

Every night since January Tracy Parker has been feeding two extra mouths. She and a neighbor have taken it upon themselves to try to keep two stray dogs alive that were abandoned shortly after Christmas when their owners moved from...

College students pick majors with hearts, eyes on jobs

MOUNT OLIVE -- The threat of a tough job market didn't keep Brittany Massey and her twin sister, Brooke Massey, from pursuing degrees in a field that coined the term "starving artist." The Masseys will graduate from Mount Olive College...

Little Washington to hold reunion Saturday

Little Washington, the "town within a town," will hold its seventh annual reunion on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Waynesborough Historical Village on U.S. 117 Bypass. The former Goldsboro community ran from U.S. 117 South...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Red Cross offers storm tips

Red Cross officials are urging eastern North Carolina residents to "err on the side of caution," with Hurricane Earl threatening the state's coast. Chuck Waller, local director for the Red Cross in Wayne County, said residents should be prepared. "No...

Restaurant fire damage has forced more repairs

Damages caused by a fire last week at Schlotzsky's Deli on Berkeley Boulevard have forced the business to close temporarily while repairs are being made. But general manager Chris Rarick is optimistic he might be able to reopen by...

Seymour Johnson to evacuate jets

Hurricane Earl's projected path has prompted officials at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base to relocate some of the Goldsboro installation's most valuable assets: the aircraft that allow the 4th Fighter Wing and 916th Air Refueling Wing to complete their respective...

Bail bondsman chases, crashes

Goldsboro police are looking into a vehicle pursuit and crash that killed a LaGrange woman Tuesday morning. Anecia Neal, 25, of West James Street, died from injuries sustained during the crash. Ms. Neal was the passenger in the car driven...

Holiday closings released

Local, state and national government offices including the post office and banks will be closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday. Goldsboro city offices will be closed and all sanitation services scheduled for Monday will be serviced on Wednesday...

One brick at a time

Eric Macklin, an 11th-grader, uses a trowel to apply mortar to a brick wall being built by the Masonry Two class at Southern Wayne High School. The wall, started last year, is being built to keep traffic off the lawn....

Officer charged in traffic accident

A Goldsboro police officer has been charged in a motor vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday morning at the intersection of Ash and James streets. Sgt. Teresa Cox was charged with a safe movement violation after the patrol car she...

Council OKs first round of Streetscape

Only a few weeks after several members of the Goldsboro City Council expressed concern over the proposed use of street bond money to revamp the 200 block of North Center Street, those same officials -- Bob Waller and Jackie Warrick...

Duplin officials amend offer to schools

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Commissioners met briefly Tuesday in special session, amending a previously accepted memorandum of understanding that will now go to the county's Board of Education for consideration. The commissioners voted 4-1 in favor...

GATEWAY enjoying new offices

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority Tuesday morning met for the first time in its new leased offices -- offices that could be home until a new facility can be built. The authority has a three-year lease with two one-year options...