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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Two named to county's hall of fame

Two former residents of Goldsboro were memorialized Saturday night as part of the Wayne County Museum Wall of Fame and a third was honored with the unveiling of a portrait. Willis Casey and George C. Royall were inducted for...

A howling good time for a cause

Kristiann Herring's dog Jasper, a toy poodle, is like one of her children. The other two are cats. And on Saturday, she showed up at Stoney Creek Park for the second annual Howl-O-Ween event which incorporated a 5K run, one-mile...

Costumed pooches battle for top honors

Halloween costumes aren't just for kids. Grownups and pets can get in on the act, too. More than 30 pet owners, along with their pets, turned out Saturday for the annual Halloween costumed pet contest at Pets Supplies Plus on...

Jones will try to hold off challengers Rouse, Holloman

Walter B. Jones is a Republican seeking his ninth term in Congress. He represents the 3rd Congressional District, which winds its way along most of North Carolina's coast and reaches inland to include most of Wayne County. Democrat Johnny...

Albertson stewfest to be held Nov. 6

Albertson Stewfest Saturday ALBERTSON -- The annual Stewfest to support the Grady-Outlaw Memorial Library in Albertson will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 9 a.m. The proceeds will be used to purchase new books, media supplies and maintain current...

County will eye plans for U.S. 70

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning will, for the second time in as many months, take up a priority list of proposed improvements along U.S. 70. First discussed in September, the list was left to linger after the board failed...

Academic Abundance gets graduation dropout prevention grant

Local non-profit organization Academic Abundance, Inc. received a $175,000 dropout prevention grant this past week from the state Department of Public Instruction. The academic group has operated for about a year in Wayne County, providing free job seeking and skills...

Firefighters advocate for fire safety awareness

The Goldsboro Fire Department observed October as Fire Safety Month by increasing its visibility through educational programs for both children and adults. October is designated as Fire Safety Month across the nation. Each year, firefighters search for new ways to...

Tourism director sees successful future for Duplin Events Center

KENANSVILLE - The Duplin County Events Center can be a tremendous boost to the county's economy, even when it is not directly making a profit, Duplin County Director of Tourism Kristina Ayres told county officials Thursday. Mrs. Ayres addressed the...

Seymour Johnson completes inspection

Members of the 4th Fighter Wing earned a "Satisfactory" rating for their performance during a four-day Operational Readiness Inspection conducted by Air Combat Command officials earlier this week on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, but the unit's commander contends their...

Friday, October 29, 2010

Two new cases of hepatitis reported

MOUNT OLIVE -- The number of cases of hepatitis B at GlenCare assisted living facility continue to rise, and state health officials said Thursday that although the investigation is incomplete, a recurring theme has been detected among them. The state...

Dail sues Goldsboro and Police Department

Dwayne Dail is suing the city of Goldsboro and several of its police officers alleging negiligence in the rape case that kept him in prison for more than 18 years. The lawsuit, which was originally filed in Wayne County...

AP Exhaust takes home Industry of Year honors

An established industrial powerhouse and small manufacturer on the rise were honored at an awards ceremony Thursday that capped the Wayne County Industry Celebration week sponsored by the county's Develop-ment Alliance. AP Exhaust Products was selected as the Industry...

Duplin officials pursuing death investigation

The Duplin County Sheriff's Office is investigating a body discovered Thursday on Woodland Church Road. Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace said he could not yet release information about the person's identity or details about the circumstances of how the person...

Voting

Saturday will be the last day that voters can cast ballots ahead of Tuesday's general election. Early voting continued today at the Wayne County Public Library on Ash Street, the Woodmen of the World building at 3733 U.S. 117...

Goldsboro police investigating bullet at local tire business

A bullet stuck Firestone Complete Auto Care at 507 N. Berkeley Blvd. on Tuesday sometime around 10 a.m., according to local reports. Two Firestone employees, who were not on duty during the shooting, pointed out a mark on the metal...

Wayne Christian wins championship

Wayne Christian School claimed the 2010 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A boys' cross country state championship contested Friday morning in western North Carolina. The Eagles' Connor Jones, who won the Bill Kemp Invitational earlier this week, claimed second overall...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Man, 25, arrested in county for Pitt murder

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office provided a K-9 unit and dive team ito assist with the investigation of a Pitt County murder that led to the arrest of one suspect in Goldsboro. Hue Sutton, 77, of Leary Bills Road in...

Knowing when to stop

North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers have been on the lookout for drivers who don't think the rules about stopping around school buses apply to them. Operation Stop Arm, a statewide campaign aimed at getting drivers to make better decisions when...

Bell defends seat against challenger Poirier

The contest for the state House District 21 seat has been a fairly low-key race pitting five-time incumbent Democrat Larry Bell of Clinton against Republican newcomer Deann Poirier of Mount Olive. Bell is a retired educator, having served as superintendent...

GE plant closing

Employees at the GE Lighting Carolina Products plant learned Wednesday that before this time next year, they will likely have to find new jobs. According to a company press release, the plant, which has operated in Goldsboro since 1946, employs...

Public Record

Mowers stolen A pair of commercial, John Deere mowers were stolen from Quality Equipment, LLC located on U.S. Highway 70 on Tuesday. The combined valued of the 2010 Z925 zero turn mower and the 2009 Z860 zero turn mover is...

Utility rate hike, hotel use boost city revenues

Goldsboro has seen a dramatic increase from last year in revenues collected through the first quarter, Finance Director Kaye Scott recently told members of the City Council. And the additional funds, she said, came in, mainly, for two reasons: residents...

Clothing drive a 'success'

Non-profit organization Academic Abundance, Inc. is all about offering people a chance to work toward a better life, and is helping victims of domestic violence improve their chances for success. Academic Abundance is sponsoring a "dress for success" clothing drive...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

GATEWAY adds new operations manager to staff

A retired Air Force sergeant who has experience prepping Air Force One has been hired as the new operations manager for the GATEWAY bus system. Michael Branch, a native of the White Flash community of Duplin County southeast of Mount...

Five charged in county break-ins

By GARY POPP News-Argus Staff Writer Five men will face charges in connection with a string of break-ins, which included the theft of 16 weapons as well as high-dollar electronics. In addition to the local arrests, law enforcement officials...

Local man seeks record for large kidney

A Wayne County cancer survivor is seeking an unusual recognition in the Guinness World Records. Eugene Tyner was at home in December 2007 when he felt a sharp pain in his side, the first and only warning the 28-year-old had...

Public record

Sheriff offers $1,000 award for information on missing woman Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders has authorized a $1,000 award for information leading to the whereabouts of Teresa Darlene McCullen. Mrs. McCullen was reported missing on September 26, 2010. She was...

Pet Supplies Plus to hold pet costume contest

Ghouls and goblins will be barking, meowing and maybe even hissing at the annual Halloween Pets and People Party. Animals of all kinds will be in their fanciest Halloween costumes Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Pet Supplies Plus....

Extreme Spelling Bee

A killer bee was on the loose in the ballroom of Lane Tree Golf Club Tuesday evening, buzzing around the premises on a single-minded mission -- eliminating weak spellers one by one. L.J. Stanley donned the "killer bee" costume for...

Duplin tourism director to focus on agritourism, pride

KENANSVILLE -- Agritourism and a sense of pride are two of the things Duplin County Tourism Director Kristina Ayres hopes to support as she settles into her new job. Mrs. Ayres stepped into the position in Duplin County this...

Child's death prompts inquiry

Investigators at the Wayne County Sheriff's Office are looking into the death of an 21-month-old Pikeville child. The child died Monday at Wayne Memorial Hospital. The results of a preliminary autopsy show that the child died of a traumatic injury....

MOC thanks county church for support

MOUNT OLIVE -- May's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church may be small in number, but when it comes to supporting Mount Olive College it sets an example other churches want to emulate. The church and Stoney Creek Free Will...

Early voting

From staff reports As of Tuesday afternoon, 8,765 one-stop ballots had been cast at the county's three one-stop voting sites. One-stop voting will continues today through Saturday. The sites are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays from 8...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Decision on plant location by end of year

Wayne County officials could know by mid-December whether or not the county will be the recipient of an early Christmas present -- a $94 million chicken processing plant that would employ more than 1,000 people. Mike Cockrell, CFO for...

Public record

Foot chase results in arrest The Wayne County Sheriff's Office charged Larry Price, 42, U.S. 117 North, with forgery/uttering of instrument, according to a report Monday. Price, who was arrested in the area of the Stoney Manor Mobile Home Park,...

6th case of hepatitis B possible

MOUNT OLIVE -- A possible sixth case of hepatitis B at GlenCare assisted living facility is being investigated after a resident was hospitalized at Wayne Memorial Hospital over the weekend. The news comes on the heels of last week's announcement...

Hudson: Wife cooperated with Laurean investigation

CLINTON -- Prosecutor Dewey Hudson today released documents supporting his decision not to pursue charges against the wife of ex-Marine Cesar Laurean, who was convicted in Wayne County Superior Court in August of murdering a pregnant Marine in 2007....

Halloween

Halloween trick-or-treating in Wayne County and the city of Goldsboro will be held Friday, Oct. 29 from 6-8 p.m. The town of Mount Olive will hold trick-or-treating hours Saturday, Oct. 30 from 6-8 p.m. Officials ask residents who wish...

Faison makes final plans for annual Market Day festival

FAISON -- The town of Faison will celebrate its agricultural heritage this month with the seventh annual Market Day festival. Market Day was started in 2003 to recognize the importance agriculture has had to the town and to honor...

Monday, October 25, 2010

County 4-Hers show livestock at state fair

Wayne County's youths showed everything from turkeys, beef heifers and sheep to meat goats and market hogs at the State Fair in Raleigh this week. A total of 37 youths competed in the shows, with 12 students representing Rosewood FFA...

Foster Grandparents Program

Delbra McIntyre is just looking for a few good men and women. But most importantly, she says, they must have the spirit of a volunteer. She came on board as administrator of the Foster Grandparents program at WAGES -- Wayne...

Weatherinzation Day Oct. 28

There are all sorts of ways to be green and energy efficient, and WAGES is planning a "weatherization day" this week to increase public awareness on the topic. The free event will be held on Thursday from 10 a.m. until...

Public record

Sears employee arrested for theft Demetrius Lewis, 21, Brownrigg Street, was charged with larceny and injury to personal property, according to a report. The Goldsboro Police Department arrested the Sears warehouse employee for stealing two radar detectors. A radar detector...

Wayne County searches for a new court liaison

Wayne County officials have begun searching to fill the position of court liaison. The job's focus is primarily to lower the inmate population in the Wayne County Jail, which is regularly overcrowded. County officials hope filling the position will...

Your elected officials

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

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Winner crowned in Really Chili chili cookoff

Secret ingredients and family recipes were put to the test at the fourth annual Really Chili Challenge on Saturday in downtown Goldsboro. Adults and children bustled from booth to booth, eating from small plastic cups filled with each of...

Shriners raise record amount for hospitals

DUDLEY -- Three-year-old Megan Sutton giggled and squealed with laughter as she zipped around the room at full speed in her wheelchair, sometimes with a little help from big sister Samantha. Her youthful exuberance was a fitting testimony for...

Now, the Boys & Girls Club has game

When 2010 began, Mary Ann Dudley was admittedly pessimistic about which way the economic tide would turn for the Boys & Girls Club where she serves as executive director. Awaiting anticipated cuts from United Way and other sources, she...

Spelling bee funds teacher grants

Brandi Howell has a small class of second-graders -- only 10 students. But most of them are also non-verbal, arriving at Edgewood Community Developmental School with multiple handicaps or autism. Equipment and assisted technology, though, are quite expensive, so...

Democrats rally at Mina Weil Park

State and local Democrat candidates and party leaders mingled with supporters at Mina Weil Park for Saturday's Unity Rally. Shirley Edwards helped promote the event and passed out beverages to help the crowd keep cool. "Many citizens want to...

Smart choices distributes remainder of grant

The second half of a $500,000 grant to benefit churches and community-based programs has been distributed by Smart Choices for Youth, Inc. The Compassion Capital Fund, or CCF, grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human...

Scouts will recruit at Boo-It

Over the past month, the Tuscarora Council Boy Scouts of America have been holding their annual fall membership drive. Scouters have visited all the Wayne County public schools and held recruitment nights during which more than 250 boys joined...

MOC concert to raise money for cancer fight

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College students are tuning their guitars and memorizing lyrics to sing for a cure at the third annual Sing For Another Day breast cancer benefit concert. Mount Olive alumnus and men's residence life coordinator...

Casey, Royall to join Wayne elite on Wall of Fame

The Wayne County Historical Association has announced this year's selections for its Wall of Fame. Willis Casey and George C. Royall will join the Wall of Fame at a special reception Saturday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. at the...

Friday, October 22, 2010

Workers: One-stop voting popular so far in most areas of county

MOUNT OLIVE -- Robin Ingram of Goldsboro had just gotten off one job and was heading off to start another Thursday morning, but decided to take a few minutes to vote one-stop -- something she has done for several years...

Mount Olive man shot on street in afternoon

MOUNT OLIVE -- A man was shot twice Thursday afternoon in front of a Mount Olive convenience store. Anthony Rivers, 22, of East Kornegay Street in Mount Olive was reportedly shot in the leg and in the side in the...

Warsaw sets date for parade

WARSAW -- The small Duplin County town of Warsaw will welcome thousands of guests Nov. 6 to its 90th annual Veterans Day celebration, the oldest in the country. Warsaw has been celebrating Veterans Day since long before the day was...

Public record

Three firearms stolen from Dudley home A Dudley rental home on South Running Deer was broken during the shortly after noon on Wednesday, according to a report. A 9-mm semi-automatic pistol, AK-47 Rirfle semi-automatic and a 12-gauge shotgun was...

Twenty-five charged in local drug raid

An almost 10-month-long investigation and undercover campaign has led to arrests for various drug offenses ranging from possession of a controlled substance to trafficking in various controlled substances, law enforcement officials say. The main targets of the Goldsboro/Wayne County...

Howling good time planned at local park

For the second straight year, members of the Stoney Creek Park Alliance will host a Halloween-themed event meant to raise money for construction of a dog park at the Ash Street site. But this time, those who participate -- and...

Candidates tell about selves at Mount Olive breakfast forum

MOUNT OLIVE -- Candidates at a Thursday morning breakfast were asked to check their partisan rhetoric at the door, and to spend their allotted three minutes talking about themselves. However, that didn't stop a few of the candidates from...

Fundraisers are planned for Habitat

Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne County is planning a pancake breakfast and a girls' night out event to raise funds to build homes for deserving families. The non-profit organization will hold a pancake breakfast this Saturday from 7-10 a.m. at...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cherry worker fights for his job

For more than a year, O'Tonious Raynor has been fighting to get his job back at Cherry Hospital after being accused of abusing a patient. Today, he was expected to have the opportunity to make his case before the...

Warsaw Elementary put on state watch list; action ordered

KENANSVILLE -- Warsaw Elementary staff and students have until the end of the school year to raise student achievement by at least 10 percent, or face a state-ordered improvement process. Warsaw Elementary is in the bottom 5 percent of low-performing...

Boo It set for Oct. 29 downtown

Goblins, ghouls and ghosts will haunt the streets Oct. 29 as the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. presents the 17th annual "Boo It" Halloween activities. This year's "Boo It" offers plenty of fun events for families, including a hay ride, pumpkin...

Council will sell building

The Arts Council of Wayne County will offer for sale the building it has occupied for the last 10 years, citing growing maintenance costs and the need for expensive renovations. The council's board of directors debated options for more than...

Public record

Food Lion cashier may face charges The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating the alleged embezzlement by a Food Lion employee in Pikeville. The cashier is believed to have embezzled more than $13,000 from the grocery store over an...

An ace remembers

Ask Frank Speer about the day he decided to become a pilot and the 88-year-old turns back the clock some 75 years. "They brought in a Ford Trimotor -- landed it at a nearby airport. You know, there weren't many...

Trick-or-treat times

The city of Goldsboro will observe Halloween Friday, Oct. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mayor Al King has asked that those households that wish to participate in trick-or-treat festivities leave a porch light on -- parents are asked...

GPD's Calloway promoted to patrol captain

After working 11 years in the Investigations Division at the Goldsboro Police Department, Sgt. Chad Calloway has been promoted to captain. The promotion returns Calloway to the Patrol Division where he began his service with the GPD in 1995...

History of the 4th Fighter Wing

Before the birth of the 4th Fighter Wing, American volunteers were serving in Europe as combat veterans -- flying in the Royal Air Force's 71st, 121st and 133rd Eagle Squadrons in the early 1940s. But when the United Stated entered...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Walk nets $60,000 to fight disease

More than $60,000 was raised by Saturday's Neuse Regional Alzheimer's Walk, with funds still coming in, says organizer Anne Paugh, outreach and community development director of Alzheimer's North Carolina Inc. There was also a great turnout at this year's...

Four seniors die of hepatitis B

MOUNT OLIVE -- The deaths of four residents, all senior citizens, at GlenCare assisted living facility in Mount Olive have prompted an investigation into patient safety practices by the Wayne County Health Department and the state's Division of Public Health....

Schedules of values ready for view now

Whether it is a chicken house or a mansion, the county's proposed new schedules of values will provide a means of measuring and assessing the value all property in the county. The schedules are, in essence, an "appraiser's manual" that...

Bypass to be up, running by 2016

The U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass that local leaders had feared would be several decades in the making could instead be completed and carrying traffic by 2016. And that means that the county and city do not have as much time...

Cliffs to hold annual hayride, trunk-or-treat

Ghosts and other goblins will roam the woods under cover of darkness at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park on Oct. 29 as the park hosts its annual Trunk or Treat event. The highlight of the Halloween event, which...

Duplin commission rejects idea of merit pay

FAISON -- Duplin County won't consider merit pay for county employees at this time, but will consider the salary schedule for future budget discussions. Several of the commissioners spoke out on the issue at their meeting Monday at the...

Coach's message

Tonya Williams kept control of her emotions when a combat veteran escorted her to the middle of the Rosewood High School football field Tuesday evening. She wore a smile as her 12-year-old son, Christian, handed her flowers and a balloon...

WEMCHS recognized for 100 percent graduation

Wayne Early/Middle College High School has gained state acclaim for having a 100 percent graduation rate. The school was one of 11 in the state recognized recently during a Graduation Achievement Awards Recognition, when the N.C. Department of Public Instruction...

Braxton, LaRoque draw out clear differences

Voters in the southeastern quadrant of Wayne County will help decide whether Democrat Van Braxton will return to the state House District 10 seat for a third term, or if Republican challenger Stephen LaRoque will take back the seat...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Driver released from Pitt; charges pending

Mark Aaron Pope, the 17-year-old driver in the single-car accident that took the lives of three people Oct. 10, has been released from Pitt Memorial County Hospital. Pope is the lone survior of the crash. All the victims were...

Crash victims identified; 1 still in hospital

Authorities have released the names of victims of a Monday morning accident that left one person dead and five injured. The crash occurred early Monday morning on Herring Road. The accident was fatal for the youngest of the group,...

Man shot early Saturday in city

Marcus Andre Griffin, 28, of Mulberry Street, died Saturday morning after being shot several times by unknown subjects, according to a Goldsboro Police Department report. Griffin was shot near the intersection of Slocumb Street and Wayne Avenue. The incident occurred...

City will apply for $125,000 grant for Stoney Creek Park

The Goldsboro City Council unanimously agreed Monday to match a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant up to $150,000 for a project that would bring an amphitheater, restrooms and improved trails to Stoney Creek Park. But the allocation is not...

Tasting Wayne's best

Mary Benton, her two daughters and a friend decided to make this year's annual Taste of Wayne County a girls' night out. The four women hung up their aprons, left the men at home and enjoyed all kinds of food...

Public record

Gunfire on Hugh Street Shots were fired into an occupied home on the 900 block of Hugh Street near 10 p.m. Saturday night, according to a report. The occupants of the home do not know who discharged the firearm. Then,...

Census could alter council

Elections for seats on the Goldsboro City Council might not happen in 2011 -- and district lines will likely need to be redrawn -- Planning Director Randy Guthrie told the current council members Monday evening. But if, in fact,...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Property schedule of values gets look Tuesday

The public will get its first look at Wayne County's proposed 2011 real property schedule of values -- values assigned to specific kinds of property that will play a role when county commissioners set next year's tax rate. Commissioners...

Cleaning up the park

Lorice Smith, left, and Timothy Whitfield paint the privacy walls of the restrooms at Berkeley Park in Goldsboro as part of a city-sponsored parks cleanup effort. A fresh coat of paint, new trash receptacles, general cleanup and a new gate...

Mount Olive woman dies; hit head-on

A head-on collision Sunday night that law enforcement officials say was likely caused by a drunken driver has left a Mount Olive woman dead. Kristie J. Lee, 37, Thunder Swamp Road, died soon after her vehicle was struck by...

One dead, five injured in morning crash

A single car accident this morning has left one person dead and sent five to Wayne Memorial Hospital. The accident took place on Herring Road near Thoroughfare Volunteer Fire Station. The accident occurred around 6:45 a.m., Thoroughfare Fire Chief...

Eagle Scout beats the odds after suffering brain injury

A brace on his left arm, a walking cane in his right hand, Carson Thomas rose from his wheelchair to walk the final steps down the aisle at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Chapel on Saturday to participate in...

Public record

Theft Dahyanna Rodriquez, 25, Franklin Street, told Goldsboro police that a $600 laptop computer had been stolen during a break-in at her home. Damages totaled $250 to a double-pane window....

Council will meet tonight

Three public hearings are scheduled for a City Council meeting set to cover little else this evening. The first involves a zoning request for property located on the east side of Oak Forest Road, between U.S. 70 and Gateway Drive...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

College's alumni pick 2010 honorees

MOUNT OLIVE -- Long after everyone else had eaten and headed off to the next event at Saturday's historic Mount Olive College Alumni Weekend, Dianne Riley finally had time to sit down and eat. Ms. Riley had been busy dashing...

Security cameras just part of drill for county

The life of the county courthouse plays out on a daily basis on computer monitors, including one sitting on the desk of County Manager Lee Smith. A click of the mouse and Smith can switch his view to any...

Talking chili

Allen Howell could tell you the secret ingredient in his homemade chili, but then he would have to kill you. But you can taste his culinary creation without threat to life and limb at the third annual chili cookoff Oct....

WAGES offers home weatherization funds assistance

WAGES has money available to help with home weatherization, but very few applicants, said Director Dr. Marlee Ray. She explained that the agency received extra money as part of the federal stimulus funding, but have not been able to...

Families walk to break Alzheimer's cruel grip

Michelle Giles paused and wiped away the tears as she thought about her mother, the late Sara Giles, prior to the start of the Neuse Regional Alzheimer's Walk. On the stage in front of her, officials with Alzheimer's North...

Revving for a reason

Kristi Bailey Schremp and her family, including 4-year-old daughter Bailey, were sitting on the front lawn of their Winterville Saturday afternoon holding "thank you" signs when the 140 bikers roared up. The bikers switched off their motorcycles and then, on...

World War II fighter pilot will speak this Thursday

The Wayne County Military Roundtable is sponsoring a series of events aimed at increase awareness of military history. On Thursday, Oct. 21,at noon, World War II fighter pilot ace Frank Speer will be speaking at the Wayne County Museum at...

Annual Sweet Potato Festival to be held

Free aviation seminar to be held at Wayne County Airport Wayne Community College will host one of four aviation safety seminars by aircraft composite expert Mike Busch being sponsored by the state Department of Trans- portation Division of Aviation Safety...

EW students participate in Beads for Baby Claire program

Larry Lean taught students how to make beads out of recycled materials, that could be used to make necklaces and bracelets to sell. The Occupational Course of Study is one of four courses of study a student with disabilities may...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Berkley Park closed

Because of the cleanup effort planned this weekend by the city, Berkeley Park will be closed from 8 a.m. Saturday until Monday morning. Volunteers are still needed to help city employees performing the cleanup work on Saturday, beginning at 9...

MERCI Center adds chapel to disaster relief center

It's a strange fact that people outside of Goldsboro know more about the MERCI Center than even locals do -- and it's a fact that Director Bill DeBruhl and Volunteer Coordinator Bob Pavone are trying to change. The MERCI Center,...

Fairgoers support Wounded Warrior Project

They could have kept walking -- saving their money for the food, games and rides that drew thousands to the Wayne County Fairgrounds earlier this month. But when they saw American Legion Post 11 Commander Bill Graham -- when they...

Art in the family

In a class designed for parents and children to create together, instructor Magen Pike taught the art of decoupage -- the art of decorating an object by gluing various items, textures and shapes to the object. The class, offered at...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Rescued dogs sent to shelters

A Rockingham County judge Wednesday awarded custody of the more than 100 animals seized from a Reidsville couple's home, including about 60 Wayne County dogs, to the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office. Thomas and Amber Adkins of Reidsville each face...

Wayne Country Day School student named scholarship semifinalist

A Romanian-born senior at Wayne Country Day School who takes tae kwon do, speaks four languages and plans to apply to 12 colleges, has been named a semifinalist in the annual National Merit Scholarship program. Ama Zbarcea, 17, is one...

One-stop voting begins at three sites across county

People were standing in line at 8 a.m. this morning at the Wayne County Public Library on East Ash Street to be among the first to cast early one-stop votes. By 9 a.m. 75 people had voted. It was a...

Rosewood students sew quilts for children

Thanks to students at Rosewood Middle School, things will be a little warmer at Wayne Uplift Resource Association this winter. As part of a class project, students in Darlene DeBruine's family and consumer science class made 12 quilts that they...

Princeton approves tax cuts for new builders

PRINCETON-- The Princeton Board of Commissioners voted earlier this month to accept a proposal to offer tax incentives for residential and commercial homeowners. Under the proposal, people looking to build a new home in the town's new areas of...

'Water watchers' are on fall ballot

For Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor candidates, the general election on Nov. 2 isn't about flashy campaign signs, harsh political rhetoric or hot-button issues. It is simply about clean water. Once again this year, the only candidates are...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Woman dies in one-car accident

A single-car accident on U.S. 70, about two miles west of Goldsboro, resulted in the death of the woman who was driving, state Highway Patrol investigators said Tuesday. Susie Garner Stanley, 60, was ejected from her car during the...

Rain delays Taste of Wayne County

Those planning to go to United Way's Taste of Wayne Thursday will have to rein in their taste buds just a little longer. The annual fundraiser has been postponed until Monday due to a predicted chance of rain. "There's...

City, county make plans for highway interchanges

Planning for development around new interchanges that the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass will create continues to be a sticking point for local planners, so the city and county have decided to work together. Some of the intersections are within...

One-stop voting starts Thursday across county

One-stop voting for the Nov. 2 general election will get under way Thursday morning at three locations in Wayne County and will continue through Oct. 30. The sites will be located at the Wayne County Public Library, 1001 E....

Man found dead in his home

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office and the State Bureau of Investigation are looking into the death of a Goldsboro man whose body was found Tuesday. Shortly before 9 a.m., James Clifton Best, 62, N.C. 111 South, was found dead sitting...

Putting guitar strings to her musical dream

The curriculum at Wayne Early Middle College High School puts students on a fast track to earning a college degree by giving them a chance to take advanced classes. But on Tuesday night, those students showed they are learning...

Helping hand

Scout leader Ken Allen, left, helps Joshua Aycock of Troop 63 use a square and a saw while working on a project at the Tuscarora Council Camporee this past weekend at Camp Tuscarora. More than 450 Scouts attended, along with...

Sixty dogs part of cruelty charges

About 60 dogs from the Wayne County Animal Adoption and Education Center were among more than 100 animals seized Monday from a Rockingham County property that is now the center of an animal cruelty investigation. Officials removed 93 dogs, six...

Public record

Shot in buttocks Quashita Washington, 26, North Drive, was shot with a handgun by an unknown person, according to a police report. Washington was riding in a vehicle when an altercation with persons in another vehicle developed. While running from...

Sumner wins first leadership award

The 3 C's of Leadership were the topic of the keynote address by William "Bill" Johnson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Progress Energy at the first annual Leadership Conference, where the first annual Leadership Award also was...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

City officials plan weekend cleanup at Berkeley Park

Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Director Ruben Wall has been in the city less than a year, but he is well aware of the stigma surrounding Berkeley Park -- and determined to change it. This weekend, he is asking for the...

Base mourns deaths of two Seymour Johnson AFB airmen

He knew it wasn't going to be easy -- or comfortable -- talking to the 4,000-plus airmen huddled on the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base flight line late this morning, but 4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Patrick Doherty knew...

Pumpkin patch girls

Anna Macon Corcoran, 6, lifts a pumpkin as her sister, Caroline, 4, looks on at Larry's Plants, Landscape and Design on Monday. Displays of the colorful fall symbol can be found at roadside stands, grocery stores and other locations across...

NCHP still determining cause of crash

Charges are expected to be filed against the driver of the car involved in a single-car accident that killed three young people, state Highway Patrol Sgt. M.G. Conley said early today. The driver, Mark Aaron Pope, 17, remains in...

Incredible Years class returning in February

Training for parents of children with challenging behaviors will be offered again in the new year. "Incredible Years" has been a successful program offered by the Partnership for Children of Wayne County since 2008, said Valerie Wallace, director of early...

Fair winners

FRIDAY Vocational Competition: Science First place team: Steven Richardson, Wayne School of Engineering; Jonathan Franks, Rosewood High School; Zeb Darden, Charles B. Aycock High School; and Jake Bridgers, Eastern Wayne High School. Second place team: Jasmine Laurel, Wayne School of...

Public record

Swimming pool stolen from home More than $11,000 worth of property including a 33-foot wide and five-foot deep above-ground swimming pool valued at $8,000 was stolen from a residence on Grady Road at Princeton. Wendy Marie Earp, 48, of Rosewood...

Two people hurt in wreck with motorcycle

Two people were injured today on Pikeville-Princeton Road when a car collided with a motorcycle, then was struck by another car. Jerry Raynor, 48, and Angela Atkinson, 48, were taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital for treatment, said state Highway...

Monday, October 11, 2010

Learning heads out to the park

Despite the slight chill in the air, 3- and 4-year-olds from Kid Kollege in Rosewood and Little Bulldogs in Grantham enjoyed a "beach day" at Stoney Creek Park on Wednesday. Zachary and Sam climbed boulders, while Avery Jennette, 3, focused...

Date set for Jaycees' Christmas parade

The Goldsboro Jaycees' Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 4 in downtown Goldsboro. The theme of this year's parade will be "Christmas Around the World." Entries for the parade are now being accepted and are due with fees by...

Wayne County Planning Board to consider subdivision requests

The Wayne County Planning Board will consider four subdivision plats when it meets Tuesday night. The meeting will get under way at 7 p.m. in the county administrative building on South William Street. The plats are: * Chris Fields, preliminary;...

3 killed, 1 injured in crash

FREMONT -- Three people died and one was seriously injured early Sunday in a single-car accident on N.C. 222 near its intersection with Airport Road, investigators with the state Highway Patrol said. Killed were Joshua Brantley, 25, of Fremont;...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Three killed in wreck on N.C. 222

FREMONT -- Three people died early Sunday in a single-vehicle accident on N.C. 222 near its intersection with Airport Road, according to investigators with the state Highway Patrol. A fourth person was taken to Pitt Memorial Hospital for treatment.The three...

Fire department plans to restore 1919 fire truck

Not many people can claim to have a nearly 100-year-old vehicle that's still rolling, but the Goldsboro Fire Department's 1919 American LaFrance fire truck still cranks up. However, it also needs a new radiator and a coat of paint, and...

County fair ends with great weather, big numbers

With a warm, sunny day and one of the biggest demolition derbies in recent years closing out the 2010 Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair Saturday, fair manager Milton Ingram was optimistic that attendance this year would be comparable with the...

Demolition derby, ugly truck contests draw large crowds

The sound of revving engines and the smell of exhaust filled the air Saturday afternoon at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair Demolition Derby. More than 40 drivers competed in the annual competition, which consisted of three heats, a consolation...

Salvation Army accepting applications for holiday help

The Salvation Army will take applications from Wayne and Sampson county residents who need help with food and/or toys for Christmas, Oct. 25 through 28 at the Salvation Army, 610 N. William St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m....

Salvation Army preparing for annual Christmas stockings

The Salvation Army is preparing for its annual Christmas help program by asking businesses, civic groups, church groups and individuals to help stuff stockings. The stockings are a highlight of the charity's Toy Shop. They will be ready for...

County youth's talent on display at fair show

Morgan Gurley adjusted her black wig of cascading curls as she prepared to perform "Beauty and the Beast" in the Wayne County Fair talent contest Wednesday night. The third-grader at Meadow Lane Elementary School said she had gotten her...

Progress Energy warns of recent scam attempts

RALEIGH -- Progress Energy is warning customers to be aware of a telephone-based scam that has increased in frequency recently. More than a dozen Progress Energy customers have reported since Sept. 28 that they have received telephone calls from...

Red Cross Bloodmobile

Following is the October Bloodmobile schedule for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross: Oct. 11: Eureka United Methodist Church from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12: Red Cross chapter, 600 N. George St., from 1:30 to...

History in miniature

Miniature model enthusiast James Rohrbach begins the process of rebuilding the diorama that features the Goldsboro Bridge Battlefield at the Wayne County History Museum. Rohrbach is volunteering his time after visiting the museum and seeing a need. He has studied...

Sasser 'always' fire princess to her grandfather

Monica Sasser was visibly shocked when her name was announced as the 2010 Wayne County Fire Princess Saturday night. Her shocked expression quickly turned into smiles and tears as she accepted her crown, flowers and bouquet, and cheers filled the...

Big Lots moving from U.S. 70 up to Goody's on North Berkeley

More space and more customers are why Big Lots is moving from its old store on U.S. 70 West to the old Goody's home on North Berkeley Boulevard. The new location will open Oct. 20, but a grand opening...

Southern Bank donates to Mount Olive College's fine arts village

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Southern Bank Foundation has a made $100,000 donation to Mount Olive College for its planned fine arts village. Planning for the facility is in the preliminary stages so a price tag and construction timetable have...

Partnership backs funds for child care teachers/staff

By the time the average child enrolls in first grade, he may have spent more than 10,000 hours in child care. So it's vital to have qualified and compensated early education teachers, say officials at the Partnership for Children...

Junk or treasure -- antique appraisal today

MOUNT OLIVE -- Most people probably have had hopes of discovering valuable treasures as they sifted through attics and basements full of boxes. Today's third annual Antiques Appraisal Afternoon at the David John Aaron Teaching and History Museum will...

SWHS students show diesel know-how

DUDLEY -- Westly Cerullo shrugs off the injured right thumb hidden under swath of white gauze. "I kind of smashed it driving to put the camshaft in," he said. "It will be fine." It was a small price for...

Duplin names teacher, principal of year

KENANSVILLE -- Amy Powers, an English teacher at Wallace-Rose Hill High School, was named Duplin County's Teacher of the Year for 2010-11, while Debra Hunter, principal at North Duplin Junior/Senior High School, received the top honor as the county's...

Duplin explores business incentive

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County commission extended Monday a hefty tax incentive to a local company that is considering expanding its business. Precision Hydraulic Cylinders manufacturers cylinders for the material handling and mobile equipment industries. The company operates a...

Friday, October 8, 2010

Odom challenges community, scores

Dave Odom looked over the Boys & Girls Club gym filled with friends and admirers and turned to see his own name in huge letters on the wall behind him. "I see my name and am absolutely choked up,"...

Hot to trot

In a pink cowboy hat with pink sequins, 10-year-old Kelly Lewis showed her donkey, Burrita, during the Open Pony and Mule Show at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair Thursday. The competition was a first for Kelly and Burrita, who placed...

Downtown Deli closes doors in city

Less than a year after popular downtown restaurant Pupetta Bar & Grill closed its doors due, in part, to the economic climate, the city's core has lost another local dining spot. Downtown Deli is no longer open for business....

Butterball taps new immigrant worker source

Absenteeism and job turnover has become an increasing problem for the state's largest turkey producer, so Butterball has begun recruiting from a different pool of workers. Refugees from the Caribbean, Africa and Asia -- here in the United States legally...

Public record

Structure fire The Goldsboro Fire Department responded to a structure fire call Wednesday around noon on National Drive. The fire involved a building behind the home at 702 National Drive. According the the fire report, it's believed a heater was...

Weekend fair schedule

TODAY 4 p.m. -- Gates open to all exhibits 5 p.m. -- Powers Great American Midways open 5:30 p.m. -- Vocational Competition, Science / Entertainment Arena 6 p.m. -- Kenya Safari Acrobats, near White Building 6:30 p.m. -- "Almost Amazing...

Smith hopes to distribute book statewide

A Wayne County Public Schools teacher who published a book on preventing childhood sexual abuse hopes to distribute it to schools around the state, if she receives funding in a national competition. Selena Smith, an English teacher at Wayne...

Thursday fair winners

THURSDAY Talent Contest Vocal Solo: 1st (6-8), Abajaih Graham, Norwayne Middle; 1st (9-12), Caleb Sasser, Wayne School of Engineering Instrumental Solo: 1st (6-8,) Amanda Hancock, Norwayne Middle School; 1st (9-12), Miranda Hill, Spring Creek High School Dance Solo: 1st (6-8),...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Partnership names new agency chief

Patty Huffman, interim director at the Partnership for Children of Wayne County since late July, has been named executive director at the agency. Her predecessor, Don Magoon, executive director since 2002, accepted a position at Wayne Community College as chief...

Talent at the fair

Anna West of Spring Creek Elementary was one of the many children who participated in the fair talent competitions this year....

Interactive exhibits give kids close-up look at life on farm

Milking a cow, gathering eggs and digging turnips might sound like chores for some Wayne County farm folk, but for young visitors to the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair, the activities are a chance to learn about their food and where...

Slow start, big finish

DUDLEY -- Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair attendance is down by some 5,000 paid customers over the same period last year, but you couldn't tell it Wednesday night by the crush of people and the upbeat mood of fair officials...

Locals will bring farming advice to Haiti

MOUNT OLIVE -- Nine months after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake killed an estimated 230,000 people in Haiti, the Harvest Connection Disaster Relief Ministry is partnering with Mount Olive College and the North Carolina Agribusiness Council for Project Help Haiti. The...

Duplin schools close to agreement with county on funding

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Education voted 3-2 Tuesday night in favor of accepting some, though not all, of a school funding memorandum of understanding between the board and the county commission. The vote ended weeks of discussion...

Public record

Missing woman According to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Teresa Darlene McCullen, 48, has been missing since Sept. 16. McCullen is described as a white female who is 5'5" and 130 pounds. She has red hair and brown eyes. McCullen...

Fair winners Tuesday, Wednesday

TUESDAY Salute to Senior Citizens Youngest Grandparent, Dawn Jones, Dudley; Oldest Senior Citizen: Hattie Leathers, Goldsboro; Most Children: Nancy Hatch, Pikeville; Most Recent Grandparent: John Dockery, Goldsboro; Most Grandchildren: Hazel Peacock, Goldsboro; Most Great-Grandchildren: Callie Parks, Seven Springs; Married Longest...

Cheerleaders compete for top honors at fair

Connor Vinson was in kindergarten when she first saw a group of cheerleaders practicing their routines. She said she knew immediately that she wanted to become one. Connor, 11, is now a cheerleader at Norwayne Elementary School, and on Wednesday...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fair schedule for Wednesday, Thursday

Wednesday, October 6 4 p.m. Gates open to all exhibits 4:30 p.m. Grade K-2 Talent Contest - Entertainment Arena 5 p.m. Cheerleading Contest - Grandstand 5:30 p.m. Vocational Competition, Auto Mechanics - Educational Showplace 6 p.m. Kenya Safari Acrobats -...

The Corps, first, always

DUDLEY -- Henry Rayner could relive the verbal abuse, but won't. He could talk about the struggles that come with helping break a barrier, but doesn't. Dwelling on the negative just isn't his way. Especially if describing all that he...

Two die in crash with truck

MOUNT OLIVE - A mother and daughter died Tuesday afternoon in a vehicle accident on U.S. 117 outside of Mount Olive. Mary Jones, 73, was driving east on West Main Street with her mother, Mary Smith, 90, in the passenger...

It's really just all about the crust

This year's Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair Pie Baking Contest proved to be a family affair Tuesday afternoon. Becky Jo and Ryan Lane brought their daughters, Victoria, 10, and Bridgette, 7, to the pie baking contest Tuesday for the seventh year...

County credits video in theft arrest

The investigation is continuing into how a man gained entry last month to the Wayne County Courthouse annex. However, county officials Tuesday morning were singing the praises of the video surveillance system that captured the image of the suspect...

Layla Willford benefit concert Saturday

The Malpass Brothers and Samantha Casey and the Bluegrass Jam will headline a benefit concert Saturday night at Wayne Community College to help raise money for the family of Layla Williford, a 2-year-old Wayne County girl fighting cancer. The...

Read a book Thursday and help set a world record

Wayne County families can be part of setting a new world record simply by reading a book to their child on Thursday, says Kim Best of the Partnership for Children of Wayne County. The fifth annual "Jumpstart's Read for the...

Fire princess hopefuls

Contestants in the Wayne County Fire Princess Pageant are: kneeling, Katlyn Casey, El-Roy;  seated, from left: Casey Scarboro, Pikeville-Pleasant Grove; Hope Shivar, Indian Springs; Elizabeth Rowe, Mar-Mac; Monica Sasser, Patetown; Madeline Smith, Saulston; standing: Casey Croom, Nahunta; Janna Price, Pricetown;...

Missing

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a woman missing since Sept. 26. Teresa Darlene McCullen, 48, is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall, approximately 130 pounds with red hair and brown eyes....

Malpass Brothers bring faith to their music

It's a long way from touring concert halls with Merle Haggard to performing before a small church congregation with your amplifiers sitting in folding chairs, but the Malpass Brothers think nothing of the difference in venues. It's all the...

Seniors showcase their talents

Women at the senior citizens contest at the fair Tuesday got some sage advice on how to get a man from one of the contestants, comedian Minnie Pearl -- use a bear trap or hog-tie him. Minnie -- aka Goldsboro's...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Double fatal accident

MOUNT OLIVE -- Two unidentified females died Tuesday afternoon in a vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 117 outside of Mount Olive.The victims, described by the highway patrol as "elderly black females," both died at the scene. Officials are withholding the...

Hotel owners have 60 days

A local hotel characterized as "unbelievable" by Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Allen was condemned Monday evening by the Goldsboro City Council. And if it isn't on the road to repair within 60 days, the building will be leveled. The Gold...

City announces Halloween date

The city of Goldsboro will observe Halloween Friday, Oct. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mayor Al King has asked that those households that wish to participate in trick-or-treat festivities leave a porch light on -- parents are asked...

Taking a wicked ride

For a bull rider, sitting in the chute, strapping onto the 1,500 pounds of pure, angry muscle underneath -- that's the hard part. The staying on for eight seconds as that animal jumps and twists and turns and bucks,...

Public record

AC units dismantled Three air conditioning units at Selah Church on Selah Church Road, Four Oaks, were damaged after someone dismantled them in order to remove internal components, mainly copper, Wayne County sheriff's deputies said. The remaining parts were left...

Fair schedule

TUESDAY 8 to noon -- Second Flower Show Entries accepted Noon -- Gates open to all exhibits SENIOR CITIZENS DAY (Free admission for all persons 60 years of age and above) Noon -- Pie Baking Contest --Pavilion 1 p.m. --...

Mayor says Mount Olive is working on fixing its finances

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive Mayor Ray McDonald Sr. responded Monday to concerns about the town's finances at the town board's monthly meeting. McDonald addressed a town financial audit from the 2008 fiscal year that pointed out several long-running...

Members clash over vocational education

School board member John Grantham says it is a "discouraging" trend to steer high school students toward vocational programs that ultimately don't prepare them for the academic regimen of college. "A child in high school, most of them don't have...

Monday, October 4, 2010

Down by the water plant

The Job: Plant employee The Company: City of Goldsboro Water Reclamation Facility The Location: Goldsboro All week long as I was planning to go to Goldsboro's Water Reclamation Facility, or Wastewater Treatment Plant as many people know it, people...

Wayne is 25th in accidents with deer

It is a costly, and in some cases, deadly, scene that is played out across Wayne County and the state every day -- the deer came out of nowhere. The first one narrowly missed the car driven by Bobby...

One-stop voting to begin Oct. 14

Wayne County voters will be able to cast their ballots prior to the Nov. 2 general election at any of the three one-stop voting locations that will open Oct. 14. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30...

Officers now have cameras in cruisers

Thanks to a federal grant, the Goldsboro Police Department and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office have added in-car cameras to several of their patrol cars. Thirty-five Sheriff's Office vehicles and 37 Police Department cruisers are now equipped with digital video...

Battle in the dirt

For one driver, Sunday afternoon was about her 20 minutes of glory. For another, it was, in many ways, the crowning achievement of a 15-year demolition derby career. Running in a derby for the first time after spending more...

Public record

Shoes stolen Quramel Crawford reported to Goldsboro police Friday about 7:30 p.m. that an unknown suspect had thrown a brick through a glass door at his A Street home and taken eight pairs of shoes, valued at $100. Damage to...

New four-way stop at Tommy's, Hare roads

The intersection of Tommy's Road (State Road 1571) and Hare Road (S.R. 1570) north of Goldsboro is being turned into a four-way stop. The intersection currently has stop signs in place on Hare Road, but traffic on Tommy's Road...

Fair schedule

Here is the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair schedule for today and Tuesday: TODAY 4 p.m. Gates Open to All Exhibits 5 p.m. Powers Great American Midways open 5:30 p.m. Vocational Competition, Carpentry -- Educ.Showplace 5:30 p.m. Health Occupations Spelling Bee...

Weekend fair winners

SATURDAY Open Beef Heifer Show Grand Champion: Sydney Cox, Trenton Reserve Grand Champion: Shelby Tyndall, Selma Showmanship: (9-11) Madison Strickland, Rocky Mount; (12-14) Joy Leigh Hinnant, Kenly; (15-19) Sydney Cox, Trenton Open Junior Market Lamb Show Grand Champion: Ashley Pittman,...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

WCC adds new certificate program

Wayne Community College will launch a new condensed program next month, allowing students to earn a medical office administration/medical insurance certificate in as little as six to eight months. The new condensed medical insurance certificate program will offer the...

Shoeboxes of goodies for holidays needed

Christmas might seem like a long way off, but local organizers of the annual Operation Christmas Child drive are hoping Wayne County residents won't wait to start putting together shoeboxes of goodies for children overseas this holiday season. Adamsvile...

Princeton to give those who build tax breaks

If anybody has ever wanted to move to Princeton, now might be the time. On Monday, the Princeton Board of Commissioners is expected to approve a proposal that would offer property tax breaks to both businesses and residents building...

Town street funds to be cut

Wayne County's seven municipalities will receive almost $50,000 less in state street aid, also known as the Powell Bill Fund, this year than they did in 2009. The funding comes from revenues generated by the state gas tax and...

Heart walk largest ever

Red hearts adorned a portion of the fence at Mt. Olive Pickle Co. Saturday as the 200 or so walkers gathered on the first real cool morning of fall for a spirited three-mile walk. Walking to raise funds for...

Lamb wranglers keep smile on their face, tight grip on lamb

There was more than a little excitement in the novice showmanship class in the lamb competition at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair Saturday. Wrangling a lamb isn't easy under the best of circumstances, but it is even harder when the...

Pigs cooperate at hog show for marshmallows

Life & Family When 15-year-old Emma See began training her hog for the market show at this year's fair, the animal didn't want to come out of the barn. So she bribed him with marshmallows and that did the trick....

Heifers show their weight at beef show

The annual Queen of the Fair pageant had been over for several hours, but there was still plenty of primping to be had at the Wayne County Fairgrounds early Saturday morning. Avery Faulkner used a spray bottle for a...

Leadership program will host conference

Leadership Wayne County's alumni group is hoping to share a little wisdom and to celebrate leadership at a conference later this week -- and the group is inviting other business leaders in the community to join them. The gathering,...

Fair Queen crowned

As a young girl, Stacie Dawson dreamed about being in a pageant and wearing a sparkly tiara. Friday night, that became a reality as she was crowned 2010 Queen of the Wayne County Fair. The senior at Wayne Early/Middle...

Sunshine returns to regional fair

After what might be the biggest downpour in the 62-year history of the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair, the skies cleared Friday and, with some quick work and good luck, the crowds rolled in Friday night and Saturday, boosting attendance....

Ground broken at Cherry for new hospital

Start counting. Speaking in the Cherry Hospital auditorium Friday, Gov. Beverly Perdue said she has been promised that by March 2013, the eastern region's new psychiatric facility will be up and running. And with that, a long row of...

Friday, October 1, 2010

Goats take the ring

There's not much a goat won't chew on, given the chance. A raincoat draped over a fence, a towel left within reach, another goat's nylon lead and even an unwary competitor's blue jeans fell victim to the gnawing teeth Thursday...

Shriners heating up their fryers at Herman Park today

People have the opportunity to enjoy a plate of fried fish while helping support the Shriners' Hospitals for Children during the Wayne Shrine Club's fall fish fry being held this morning and evening in Mount Olive and Goldsboro. The Goldsboro...

Volunteers still looking for information on local war dead

Nothing has been set in stone -- and won't be -- at least, not without one final push to gather information about those sons of Wayne who have died in combat since World War I. But members of the trustees...

Weekend fair schedule

FRIDAY *Midway opens at 4 p.m. *Kids Club "Discover Agriculture" contest, 5-9 p.m. *Junior Market Hog Show, 6 p..m. in the livestock arena. *Queen of the Fair, 8 p.m. in the entertainment arena. SATURDAY *Junior Beef Heifer Show, 9 a.m....

Officials will open midway today

DUDLEY -- The Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair is expected to open as scheduled this afternoon, fair manager Milton Ingram said this morning as crews were busy hauling sand and shavings to cover any wet spots lingering from the past...