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Friday, December 31, 2010

Jeffreys buys out Harris

R.A. Jeffreys has bought one of the state's most prominent beer distributors, Harris Wholesale of Raleigh and Fayetteville. The move will make Jeffreys one of the nation's 10 top wholesale distributors of Anheuser-Busch products and give the company control...

The tax deadline cometh

Taxpayers wrap up year-end bills while paying taxes at the Wayne County Courthouse. Last-minute taxpayers found themselves in a line that stretched out the doors and into the atrium of the building Thursday. Property taxes are due Wednesday at 5...

Law will patrol for drunken drivers

Law enforcement officers will be on the road in large numbers tonight to make sure motorists welcome 2011 safely and responsibly. Drivers can expect increased police, sheriff and highway patrol presence in Wayne County and across the state as the...

County to consider architect for Masons building

Wayne County could be ready to go to bid within nine to 12 months on what is expected to be a $14 million project that would provide a new home for the county Health Department and Services on Aging....

Local Red Cross looks back at busy 2010

Accidents and natural disasters don't stop happening in a struggling economy, and in fiscal 2010, the Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross continued its mission of saving lives and helping people in emergencies. Whether it was providing...

Increase in cold, flu and viruses seen

What's with all the stuffy noses, coughing and stomach ills that seem to have come out of nowhere? Cold weather and the holidays seem to have brought with them a rash of cold and flu symptoms. Fortunately, though, in most...

Harding scholarships awarded

Alexander David Lloyd of Goldsboro and Jacob Alan Richards of Mount Olive were each recently awarded $750 scholarships from the William Harding Scholarship Fund. Alex is attending N.C. State University and Jacob is attending Lenoir Community College. Both are Eagle...

Duplin register of deeds warns of mailer scam

Duplin County's Register of Deeds Davis Brinson is warning citizens to beware of a misleading mailer that has been sent to some Duplin County residents. The mailer is coming from a company calling itself the State Records Retrieval Board....

Stabbing investigated by police

A Seymour Johnson Air Force Base employee was stabbed in the chest Wednesday night in the Spence Avenue Walmart parking lot. P. Cardale McDonald, 24, of Harding Drive reported to police that he was in the parking lot at...

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ready to party

Wayne County residents will join the rest of nation and world in ringing in the new year on Friday night....

Local taxes due Wednesday

People who own property in Wayne County have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to pay their 2010 property taxes in order to avoid paying interest on the bill. Interest will begin accruing Jan. 6, when two percent will be added....

State law for operating all-terrain vehicle

State law for operating all-terrain vehicle: * No riding in public streets - and if caught speeding on a public street, an ATV operator may be charged with speeding. * No driver's license necessary, but operators must be at least...

More than $5,000 worth of equipment stolen

A thief or thieves cut a hole in a chain-link fence at Tidewater Energy Co. on North William Street on Monday night, pried open shed doors and stole more than $5,860 in equipment. Detectives with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office...

County ready for radio system switch

The Wayne County emergency communication system has received a $10 million dollar face lift. Through a plan that has spanned nearly eight years, the county is officially prepared to make the switch from analog to digital radio communications. County officials...

Two armed robberies under investigation

Goldsboro police believe the same pair of suspects who robbed the Hasty Mart on Miller's Chapel Road at gunpoint early today are also responsible for three other armed robberies in the county over the last several months. Two masked men...

Law enforcement responds to rash of ATV complaints

An all-terrain vehicle operator driving on a public street reportedly attempted to flee from police Monday after an officer directed him to stop. A short chase ensued on Buck Swamp Road when Officer Pat Carcirieri ordered ATV operator Kelby...

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Snowstorm did not cause hospital problems

Hospitals never close, not even when the weather is bad. So when Wayne County was pounded by snow over the weekend, every effort was made to ensure medical services offered by Wayne Memorial Hospital remained intact. As it turned...

Schools focus on reading, math

Reading and math -- the chief components of the state's end-of-grade tests -- are in many ways the backbone of education in the Wayne County Public Schools. And as mandates and teaching methods change, local educators are preparing to...

I'm melting ...

Snowmen on Mulberry Street start leaning as temperatures rise Tuesday. Snowmen are starting to melt and roads are almost clear as higher temperatures melt the white powder that dumped on the county over the weekend. Today will be mostly sunny,...

Holiday closing schedule announced

Local, state and federal offices will be closed Friday for the New Year's Day holiday. The Postal Service will be closed New Year's Day. Banks will not close for the holiday. Mt. Olive Pickle Co.'s 12th annual Pickle Drop...

Public record

Cold cut case A Dudley man filled out a police report with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office for a breaking and entering that occurred at his home. According to the report, a suspect entered the home through a rear window....

The big snow, from your eyes

With Wayne County receiving upward of 10 inches in many places -- the most snow in recent memory, and certainly one of the largest Christmas snowfalls ever -- people across the county took advantage of the winter wonderland to go...

Literacy Connections offering individual tutoring to struggling adults

Literacy Connections of Wayne County teaches adults basic reading, writing and English language skills through individual tutoring offered by trained volunteers. The adult learners range in ability from pre-readers to below the eighth-grade level. At Literacy Connections educational practices...

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Clock ticks away to make tax deductions

The clock is ticking to get in last-minute charitable donations to qualify for 2010 federal tax deductions. Friday is the deadline to make a qualifying charitable donation and claim the deduction on taxes in 2011. Churches, the Red Cross,...

Senior Companion program encourages friendship

For senior citizens, just a short visit from someone who cares can make the day a lot brighter. And for more than 35 years, the Senior Companion program has been doing just that, making life a little easier for...

Eastpointe looks on to 2011

Despite the likelihood of more funding cuts in the next budget year, Eastpointe and the rest of the state mental health system were able to avoid the bullet, at least for now, Eastpointe director Ken Jones said. Unfortunately, he...

The big snow, from your eyes

With Wayne County receiving upward of 10 inches in many places -- the most snow in recent memory, and certainly one of the largest Christmas snowfalls ever, people across the county took advantage of the winter wonderland to go sledding,...

Snow daze

Wayne County residents continued to dig out from beneath the winter's heaviest snowfall today, as sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures began to melt the nearly foot-deep layer of white stuff that fell over the weekend. Temperatures were expected to...

Monday, December 27, 2010

Slush, then ice keep county sliding

Gusty winds and sub-freezing temperatures could hinder Wayne County's efforts today to dig its way out of as much as 11 inches of snow that fell late Saturday night and throughout the day Sunday. Goldsboro was blanketed by 10 inches...

Man, 30, murders girlfriend, then kills himself

Goldsboro police are investigating what they are calling an apparent murder and suicide on Sunday. Officers responded to the 800 block of Slaughter Street at about 2:45 a.m. in response to a report of shots fired. Tequilla Danyele Barrett,...

Snow-ball

A pile of snowballs just within his reach, Issac Raynor waited Sunday for his mark to cross the battlefield. But the 8-year-old's sister, Natalie, wasn't looking to engage in combat. In fact, the 12-year-old seemed far more focused on the...

Eastpointe now taking applications for peer support counselors

Eastpointe and the rest of the state mental health system are introducing a new program on Jan. 1 -- peer support specialists. These specialists, explained Eastpointe Director Ken Jones, will be former consumers of mental health or substance abuse...

Sunday, December 26, 2010

WMH Rehab earns national certification

The pulmonary rehabilitation program at Wayne Memorial Hospital has attained national certification status by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, which sets the gold standard for such programs. The hospital's cardiac rehab program had previously earned the three-year...

Thomas family burned out of home for holidays

Six days before Christmas the Thomas family's home in Saulston went up in flames. The young couple, who have two children, have regained some normalcy to all of their lives through the support of friends in the community they never...

The gift of Grandpa reading

For one Wayne County boy, the best Christmas present this year won't be found under a tree -- it will come when his grandfather reads to him for the first time. And while the boy may be too young...

Kitty Askins delays grand opening

For months, January 1 has been the target date for completion of the expansion of Kitty Askins Hospice Center. A few glitches, including pending state inspections, have altered that plan, said Dean Lee, president and chief executive officer for Home...

Miracle baby Liyah Garner comes home

Jaliyah "Liyah" Garner squirms in her grandmother's arms, alternately squealing with delight as she high fives her older brother and whining with impatience when her grandmother sits down with her for too long. Like any other 21-month-old, Liyah is a...

Couple celebrate Christmas at hotel after fire

Their home was destroyed by fire more than two weeks ago, but for a particular Wayne County family, holiday blessings have transformed their new residence -- a local motel room -- into a place worthy of celebrating the holidays. When...

Driver charged in fatal wreck

The driver in a single-car accident that killed three people, including a Charles B. Aycock student, earlier this year, was arrested Thursday afternoon after toxicology reports confirmed he was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana at the time of...

Man's paralysis mobilizes friends

Bryan Lewis climbed behind the wheel of his car one October night, the teenager never suspecting that just two months later, he would be sitting in a very different seat: A wheelchair. Lewis, 19, fell asleep while driving home from...

Hospital to offer new events for women

Women are often the ones guarding the family's health, so should do everything possible to secure their own, hospital officials say. "Women are kind of the health care consumers for their family -- it's the moms that take their children...

Pickle set for New Year's drop

MOUNT OLIVE -- People who want to ring in the New Year, but have a difficult time staying awake to midnight can get an earlier start on the traditional festivities at the Mt. Olive Pickle Company's 12th annual New...

Friday, December 24, 2010

State wants new Legion in Pikeville area

James Moore, state membership chairman with the American Legion of North Carolina, is looking for a few good men and women to help start a new chapter in Pikeville. "There are a lot of veterans that live in the...

Neighborhood lights up holidays

Robinson Place is a neighborhood where neighbors watch out for each other. But when Christmas comes around, the families who live along the street in southern Goldsboro take on another role -- elves. A neighborhood should be more than...

Snow watch

Snow, possibly up to two or more inches, may be in this weekend's forecast, but as of Thursday afternoon people still appeared more interested in finding Christmas gifts than preparing for a possible white Christmas. Berkeley Mall was packed...

Wayne Schools come in 4th in AYP results

Wayne County public schools still managed to finish fourth among the 20 largest North Carolina school districts in No Child Left Behind performance standards even though the county experienced a dramatic 26-point drop. Twenty of the county's 31 schools,...

Helping Santa out

News-Argus Staff Writers Santa Claus not only needs to know how to pack a mean sleigh, he has to be able to think and act quickly on his feet -- one of the skills he expects his many helpers, like...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dreaming of a White Christmas?

Wayne County and the rest of central North Carolina might miss out on a white Christmas Day by just a few hours, but chances are improving that several inches or more could blanket the area between late Christmas Day...

Fire claims Spoonbill Drive home

A house fire on the 300 block of Spoonbill Drive, in the Heron Creek subdivision, caused severe damage to nearly half of the home, officials say. "There was a working structure fire when we arrived," said Saulston Volunteer Fire...

Family loses home

DUDLEY - A Dudley family was burned out of their home early this morning in a house fire that firefighters say was started by a malfunctioning exterior light. Smoke detectors woke up Paul Moody, his wife and their two children...

Hundreds of gallons of moonshine captured in 3 counties

More than 250 gallons of illegally manufactured alcohol were seized in Johnston County late last week, following an investigation led by the state Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency. The arrests were announced Wednesday afternoon. Nearly 4,000 gallons of a precursor ingredient,...

Public record

Goldsboro Police pick up familiar face Antron Dewan Lee, 42, of Pine Street, was arrested Wednesday in connection to a motor vehicle break-in, according to a police report. Following a brief foot chase, Lee was arrested and charged with one...

Physicians Christmas Fund

Celebrating its 20th year providing support for area charities, the Physicians Christmas Fund through Wayne Memorial Hospital recently raised $14,900 that was distributed among 12 groups. "We asked our staff in October if they would be willing to sponsor...

Stolen car found in Dudley drainage ditch

A vehicle that was reported stolen from the 700 block of Bryan Street Wednesday night was found submerged in a drainage ditch in Dudley around 6 a.m. The Dudley Volunteer Fire Department received a call from passersby that the...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas light show

Christmas light show on Vail Road in Pikeville....

19-year-old charged with statutory rape

Christopher Devon Brown, 19, of Goldsboro, has been charged with one count of statutory rape in connection with an incident involving a 15-year-old girl. Statutory rape involves sexual contact with a person who is 13, 14, or 15 years old...

Christmas cheer

The Salvation Army gave 500 local families a head start on Christmas Tuesday, distributing Christmas goods to those who had applied for help earlier this year. "We are serving approximately 65 families every hour, all day long," said Major...

Towns announce closings for Christmas, New Year's

Local, state and federal offices will operate on abbreviated schedules over the next two weeks because of the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Federal offices will be closed Friday for the Christmas holiday and Dec. 31 for New Year's....

Remembering the meaning of Christmas

Churches all across Wayne County are holding Christmas cantatas, pageants and special services as they seek to remind their congregations and others about the true "reason for the season" -- the birth of Christ Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem,...

Council: Graduation rates still challenge

Wayne County's high school graduation rate for 2009-2010 showed a slight improvement over the previous year and is just four-tenths of a percent below the state average. However, even with the 73.8 percent rate, up by 1.8 percent over the...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Public record

Man shot on Center Street According to the Goldsboro Police Department, Bobby Parker, 46, Frank Street, was at a home on the 900 block of North Center Street Sunday when he was shot twice in the legs by an unknown...

MOC in midst of reaffirming accreditation

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College officials are in the long process of reaffirming the school's accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Every institution listed by the association, also known as SACS, must undergo accreditation every...

Embers bring holiday spirit to Paramount

Christmas swung into Goldsboro Monday night as The Embers returned to the Paramount Theatre with their holiday show. The band, led by Goldsboro's own Bobby Tomlinson on drums, reprised its Christmas appearance of a year ago and did not disappoint....

Monday, December 20, 2010

Church prepares 125 boxes for families

MOUNT OLIVE -- More than 100 area families will be able to enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner thanks to the efforts of Area Churches in Action (ACIA) and Helping Hands United Missions. The annual distribution of boxes containing all the...

NASCAR pit crew gets up close look at refueling

One of NASCAR's most skilled pit crews got a close-up look at how the Air Force performs its job at top speed Friday. The Michael Waltrip Racing Team was treated to a flight on a KC-135R Stratotanker by airmen...

Career fair planned for younger students

A date has been set for the second annual middle school career fair, with hopes that more business and industry will be represented there, organizers said. Sponsored by Wayne Education Network, or WEN, the event will be held on...

Charities face tough season for donations

With much of the Wayne County community still feeling the effects of the economic downturn, local charities have run into hard times as they seek to assist the needy at Christmas. But press on they have, and to the...

Last week of holiday shopping: Stay safe

With shoppers entering the last week of the mad dash to find Christmas presents for friends and family, the Goldsboro Police Department and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office are warning residents to continue to stay safe. This time of...

Friendly Mart robbed Sunday; suspects sought

The Friendly Mart on N.C. 111 South was robbed by two armed men at about 6:45 p.m. Sunday. Store employee David Allen Rice reported the incident to Wayne County Sheriff's Office. According to the report, the two men entered...

Public record

Excessive accidents The city has an average of five vehicular accidents a day, said Sgt. Foster of the Goldsboro Police Department. Which makes the 17 accidents, all of which occurred on Dec. 17, an unfortunate oddity. While Foster said it...

Don't let a fire ruin Christmas this last week

As the holiday season moves into the home stretch and people are at their busiest, the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross is urging families to keep in mind that fires can start easily. Red Cross officials...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Schools help out homeless students

More than 250 children in Wayne County have nowhere to call home after the final school bell rings every day, and aren't always promised a hot meal outside of their school cafeteria. Latosha Cox frequently sees the effects of poverty...

Grab and wrap: Stores see last-minute scramble for gifts

The Christmas shoppers showed up in droves to Berkeley Mall Saturday, despite the rain and dreary weather. With exactly one week before Christmas morning, some people were crossing off the last names from their lists, while others were just...

More than 300 graduate in MOC commencement

More than 300 students from Mount Olive College and its six satellite campuses convened in Mount Olive for commencement ceremonies Saturday. The school's 57th commencement took place in Kornegay Arena before a crowd of nearly 1,300. The commencement address...

CCOG puts shoes on feet of 41 county foster kids

For the eighth year in a row, Paul Benton and CCOG, with the help of Payless Shoe Source, has provided a little Christmas cheer to Wayne County's foster children. Numbering 41 in all, the lowest total since Benton began...

Health officials: Few bed bug issues

Calls about bed bugs in Wayne County have been minimal, health officials say, despite rumblings in the national news. In recent months across the U.S., there have been more cases reported in hotels, homes and college dormitories. Kevin Whitley,...

Flu cases spike among children at Goldsboro Peds

Cases of flu at Goldsboro Pediatrics have spiked over the past week, said Dr. Dave Tayloe, who attributes part of the problem to residents opting not to get the preventive vaccine. "We're seeing a lot of flu. This is a...

Sheriff's deputy crashes car on way to hunting territory dispute

A Wayne County Sheriff's deputy struck a tree with his vehicle while responding to a call Saturday morning. Deputy Martin McAlduff suffered only minor injuries in the accident, which occurred on Corbett Hill Road in Grantham around 6:45 a.m....

Friday, December 17, 2010

County continues tweaking methane gas landfill project

DUDLEY -- Methane gas created by decomposition at the Wayne County landfill is powering electricity-producing turbines that one day could provide power for up to 1,600 homes. The $6 million project being built by Methane Power is still months away...

Driver in fatal accident tests for alcohol

The 20-year-old driver in an accident that killed four in Dudley on Sept. 18 was under the influence of alcohol, toxicology reports show. Jeremy Elijah Bryant Pate, of Dudley, had a blood alcohol content level of .14, nearly two...

United Way finishing up fundraising campaign

Despite falling well short of its goal, United Way of Wayne County celebrated another year of fundraising Thursday evening by giving away a new car at Berkeley Mall. Organizers say they plan to continue fundraising until the end of...

County man charged with raping teenager

A Mount Olive area man has been charged by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office with second-degree rape involving a minor. Robert Earl Aponick, 54, of 3255 Emmaus Church Road, was arrested Monday by deputies and placed under $200,000 secured bond...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Parlors find way to keep gaming

A state law banning machine-based sweepstakes video gaming took effect Dec. 1, but at least two such gaming establishments in Goldsboro are still in operation after their owners changed software to make their machines legal. Tom Britt is the...

Grocery store owners hurt in Dec. 6 fire

The owners of Carlie C's IGA grocery store are recovering at the UNC Burn Center after a Dec. 6 fire that destroyed their Dunn home. Son Mac McLamb said his parents, Carlie C., 73, and Joyce McLamb, 75, are...

AIDS candlelight vigil held

Shekinah Witherspoon, 13, holds a candle during the World AIDS Day "Light for Rights" Prayer Vigil at Wayne County Public Library. The vigil was sponsored by the Health Department, An Open Door Community Development Corp. and the Hispanic Community...

Wintry mix

Residents in the Central Heights community were without power for a while this morning after a light pole was taken down in one of the many wrecks reported across the county and blamed on the wintery precipitation. Schools were...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Planning Board discusses rules for gated communities in county

Wayne County Planning Board members Tuesday night once again tabled action on allowing gated communities in the county until they can find out how the gates could affect school bus traffic. Board members also wanted to know how Greenville and...

Church's gift pushes fundraiser for Kitty Askins chapel to $100,000

MOUNT OLIVE -- A group of local volunteers has made believers out of people who had been somewhat skeptical that $100,000 could be raised during a down economy for the Kitty Askins Hospice Center's $4 million capital project. Not...

Ready for ice, snow

Employees with the Department of Transportation in Wayne County were out early this morning putting down a coat of salt brine on all of the major and secondary roads ahead of a winter storm expected to hit the state tonight....

Officials: Heroes fire no foul play

Authorities say they do not believe a fire at Heroes Oyster Bar & Grill last week involves any foul play. Firefighters had said after the Berkeley Boulevard restaurant caught fire last Thursday that its cause was going to be investigated....

Empty Stocking Fund add on base children

Their sacrifices are many -- watching as parents leave for long stints at war, moving to a different base every few years, coping with all that comes with being a child of an American airman. And this year, with...

Show is result of an effort to build self-esteem in girls

Brandi Matthews diverted a career as a lawyer to build self-esteem in young girls. "I have always had a passion for girls and just people in general," the Goldsboro native said. After about six years of volunteering at the...

International Stop Hunger Now meal-packaging project looking for local help

St. Francis Episcopal Church is combining efforts with Stop Hunger Now, a non-profit international relief organization established in 1998 with headquarters in Raleigh, to raise awareness of the problem of worldwide hunger. In developing countries, more than 10 million...

Duplin, Sampson to get repaving

Road resurfacing projects in Duplin and Sampson counties were among 10 contracts totaling $69 million have been awarded for highway and bridge projects across. The projects include resurfacing five miles of U.S. 13 in Sampson County from Bells Branch...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Program sets sights on stopping teen pregnancy

A teen pregnancy prevention program that started nearly a year ago in Mount Olive is expanding its efforts to Westhaven Community Center in Goldsboro. PrimaDonna Incorporated was formed in 2008 and introduced this past year as an after-school program serving...

Civil War-era cannon headed for Fort Macon

A 7,000-pound, 20-foot Civil War-era cannon replica built at Wayne Community College over the past 18 months is set to depart for its new home on Wednesday and the public is invited to the send-off. More than 100 students,...

Board to eye gated communities

Wayne County's planning board will take another look at allowing gated communities in the county at its meeting tonight. The Planning Board in October rejected a request by Mallard Pointe developers to erect a gate at the entrance to the...

Special delivery

Tajuana Dickerson of the U.S. Postal Service sorts boxes of holiday mail Monday at the Postal Service branch office on Cashwell Drive. Monday was expected to be the heaviest day for postal workers, but officials said every day between now...

Two arrests made in heroin seizure

Messenger Staff Writer Mount Olive police have arrested two subjects in connection with a heroin drug seizure that took place last week. Sam Donzell Wood, 48, of South Leslie Street in Goldsboro was arrested and charged with trafficking heroin, conspiracy...

Police hunt for suspect in city home invasion

An unknown subject fired shots into a residence at 308 West Spruce St. at 5:53 a.m. Saturday. The suspect then reportedly entered the residence and fired additional shots. Ruby Gayle Dixon, 33, was shot once in the foot. The...

Elderly men target of scam in Mount Olive

Mount Olive police are warning residents to be wary of a woman in town reportedly befriending elderly men and asking them for money. Police have received several reports that a white female, estimated to be in her 40s, is...

Public record

Shots fired into GATEWAY office Goldsboro police are investigating vandalism at the GATEWAY dispatch office on North Madison Avenue in which someone fired a weapon into the building. According to police someone fired three shots through the end window of...

Student essays point to dangers of drugs

Wayne County middle school students recently participated in an essay contest sponsored by the Wayne County 4-H Prevention Program. More than 840 students in grades 5-8 wrote about why it was important to be drug free. Winners were chosen at...

Monday, December 13, 2010

School officials keep eye on state

Facing possible 5 to 10 percent cuts to public school funding, the rumor mill has churned up of late -- hinting at possibilities ranging from teacher layoffs and larger class sizes to eliminating junior varsity sports and after school programs....

Santa's last stop before Christmas

Santa Claus waves to onlookers during the annual Eureka Christmas Parade on Sunday. Although rain might have reduced the turnout it didn't dampen the spirits of those in attendance. The parade is the last of 11 local Christmas parades, meaning...

A chance to change their lives

For Wayne residents trapped in a cycle of crime and drugs, the county's Day Reporting Center not only offers a chance to avoid a jail cell, it offers hope for a new start in life, a chance to come...

Group gets dropout prevention grant

The North Carolina Committee on Dropout Prevention has awarded Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corp. with a dropout prevention grant for $173,330. Rebuilding Broken Places, in partnership with Community Success Initiative and Dillard Middle School, will operate Project Y.E.S.S....

Banks join forces to collect blood for Red Cross

Financial institutions in Wayne County are joining together this holiday season to give the "gift of life." The seventh annual Bank Challenge will collect blood for the Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross Tuesday, Dec. 21, from 12:30...

Mental health group raising money to provide Christmas

Operation Santa Claus, a community project to purchase Christmas gifts for the oft-forgotten, is conducting its annual drive with a goal of $9,000. Sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Wayne County, the effort provides gifts to citizens with...

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Mar-Mac firefighters sending Christmas packages to comrades overseas

Two Seymour Johnson airmen stationed overseas will soon receive surprise gift packages, care of the Mar-Mac Volunteer Fire Department. The airmen will have the opportunity to thank the firefighters in person when return to Goldsboro and their jobs --...

Despite having two clinics, WATCH program still overburdened

The mobile medical clinic introduced in Wayne County 13 years ago to provide health care for the underinsured continues to grow, a reflection of the current economy, organizers say. At its end-of-year board meeting, Sissy Lee-Elmore, executive director of...

Children shop with Harley owners, Fraternal Order of Police

Santa Claus came early for nearly 30 children Saturday when they went shopping with members of the Fraternal Order of Police and the local chapter of the Harley Owners Group. Both organizations raised money throughout the year in order...

Goldsboro site of minister workshop on wounded veterans

Goldsboro has been selected as the site of "Walking with the Wounded," a workshop to teach pastors and others to minister to servicemen and women coming home from war. About 100 clergy and mental-health professionals from throughout North Carolina are...

Making donation in someone's name can be good Christmas gift

Giving a charity donation can be a way to honor a friend or family member who is hard to shop for, or a way to keep alive the memory of a lost loved one, all while helping others in...

Empty Stocking Fund Party held Saturday

Caitlyn Melton was too excited to sit still at the Empty Stocking Fund Christmas party Saturday morning, so the 6-year-old climbed into her mother's lap and bounced on her knee. "I want a basketball today," she announced, giggling with...

New commissioner chairman chosen in Duplin

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Board of Commissioners swore in a new board member Monday and selected a new chairperson and vice chairperson. Commissioner Tim Smith of District 2 was sworn in to office, replacing former commission chairman Cary...

Dillard Academy competing for garden grant

A garden project started at Dillard Academy three years ago is vying for an $5,000 online grant to keep it going. "Growing Seeds of Happiness" is in the running for funding from Rain Bird Corp., a manufacturer and provider...

School construction likely to begin soon

It likely will be early next year before Wayne County commissioners tour two public schools scheduled to undergo major makeovers, county officials said last week. The projects are expected to be paid for by selling $15 million in federal...

Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield monument dedicated

A throng of men in reproduced Civil War uniforms gathered in the rain Saturday in the fields just south of the Neuse River, as spectators looked on from under umbrellas and hooded raincoats, braving the cold and wet weather to...

Friday, December 10, 2010

Norwayne principal pleads guilty to DWI

Mario Re, principal at Norwayne Middle School, has pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while impaired but had two other traffic charges against him dismissed, stemming from a May 2 traffic stop. Re, principal at the school since 2005,...

Parkstown celebrates

Trombone players perform with the Charles B. Aycock High School Marching Band during the fifth annual Parkstown Christmas Parade Thursday afternoon. Hundreds lined the roadway in the eastern Wayne County neighborhood to enjoy the old-fashioned parade. There are still several...

Wayne officials look at school bond plan

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning agreed to proceed with paperwork to apply for $15 million in federal school bonds even though they say they still want to review the revised schools' facilities plan and to tour the two campuses...

Battle of Goldsborough re-enactment this weekend

Area residents have the opportunity this weekend to step back 148 years in history as the re-enactment of the Civil War Battle of Goldsborough Bridge unfolds. A highlight of the two-day event will include the dedication of the site's first...

Heroes restaurant damaged in fire

A fire at Heroes Sports Oyster Bar & Grill at the corner of Berkeley Boulevard and Ash Street is being investigated by the SBI. The fire damaged the upper part of the building. It started about 11:35 a.m., Goldsboro...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Firefighters battle blaze at Heroes

A fire at Heroes Sports Oyster Bar & Grill on Berkeley Boulevard and Ash Street kept Goldsboro firefighters busy for several hours Thursday. "At this time, we don't have any idea what started the fire," said Chief Gary Whaley of...

Shooting for the sky

Jen Deschoff, an engineering and science teacher at Wayne School of Engineering, was as excited as her students about their inquiry-based project -- launching homemade bottle rockets. Their assignment had been to follow engineering design steps and construct a rocket,...

Best: Vote was time to take a stand

Wayne County surrendered its integrity and heritage last month when commissioners adopted a new federal rule forcing counties to translate certain documents into Spanish or face the loss of federal funding, Commissioner Jack Best said. "Two weeks ago we voted...

Five chosen for honors choruses

Five area students were chosen for the N.C. Middle and High School Honors Chorus, sponsored by the N.C. Music Educators Association. Chosen from Wayne County Public Schools were Matthew Mintz, Jameson Morris and Cullen Tyndall from Eastern Wayne Middle...

GATEWAY extends hours for holiday shoppers

A popular Wayne County holiday tradition will get under way Saturday when hours will be extended for all GATEWAY bus service routes. The extended hours will continue through Dec. 23. The extension, to accommodate holiday shoppers, was approved by the...

Mount Olive could sue over wastewater plant flaws

MOUNT OLIVE -- A problem with the town of Mount Olive's wastewater treatment plant could lead to legal action against the engineering firm that designed it if the issue is not resolved, town officials say. When the town built its...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Thunderbirds coming in April

Some will streak. Others will fall. One will even sing. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base officials confirmed late Tuesday afternoon that several acts have signed on to headline the Wings Over Wayne air show and open house -- the Air...

Huffman to leave city post

A career that began 30 years ago in a western North Carolina prison will come to an end inside Goldsboro's City Hall early next year. City Manager Joe Huffman is set to retire March 1 -- a decision he made...

Hitching a ride around the city

Braydon Barnes looks at the two massive Clydesdales as they start to pull a trolley driven by Jimmy Dozier down Center Street Tuesday. The free rides, which begin at Cornerstone Commons, are sponsored by the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. They...

New faces greeting visitors at Paramount

Go to any event at the Paramount Theatre during the holiday season and you'll be greeted by two 9 1/2-foot tall nutcrackers. They are made out of plywood. Their uniform jackets are bright red with gold trim. Their pants...

Commissioner slams 'politics as usual' in local government

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning were chastised for playing good-old-boy politics and following the dictates of a powerful, but unnamed, few instead of the wishes of the people who elected them. Republican Commissioner Andy Anderson had those and other harsh...

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Poultry in motion A woman was observed stashing two packs of cooked chicken and two loafs of sweet bread into her purse by a WalMart employee, Monday, according to police reports. When confronted, the woman fled the store on foot....

School bus fight found on YouTube

A fight between two sixth-grade Grantham School students went viral when it was posted briefly on YouTube over the past week. School officials said Tuesday that the incident, involving two girls on a middle school bus, actually took place...

Christmas at Aycock

Illuminated by candlelight, Danielle Brown explains what a typical Christmas meal would have been for Charles B. Aycock and his family during the late 19th century. The holiday feast would include chicken, collards, biscuits and plum pudding. Ms. Brown's re-enactment...

Don's Florist owner wants help showing a little kindness

Patti Worley, wife of Don's Florist namesake Don Worley, is looking to show a little kindness to those who are down on their luck in Wayne County, and she's hoping that people will join her in her new effort....

Blood drive schedule set

The Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross will hold special Beef Up the Blood Supply drives Dec. 20 through 30. "The Beef up the Blood Supply campaign is twofold," said Kimberly Berrier, senior donor recruitment representative. "We want...

Maxwell Farms finalizes deal for Murphy-Brown

Maxwell Farms and Seaboard Corp. announced Tuesday that they have finalized the purchase of Butterball, LLC from Murphy-Brown. The move means Maxwell Farms and Seaboard Corp. are now equal partners in Butterball. "We are pleased to have concluded the...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

School board members take their oaths of office

Thelma Smith championed the role of a school board member Monday night after being elected to serve as chairperson for the upcoming year, on the heels of a swearing-in ceremony for four members of the seven-member board. The outcome...

Base lights up

Navaeh Tonk, 6, sings Christmas carols while sitting on top of a family member's shoulders during the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Tree Lighting Holiday Celebration. Santa's visit, choral performances, vendors and horse and carriage rides were part of the ...

Mount Olive police chief announces plans to retire next year

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive Chief of Police Ralph Schroeder, 54, has announced he will step down March 1 from the office he has held for the past three and a half years. A native of Lorain, Ohio, Schroeder...

Forum planned for tonight on Stoney Creek grant effort

Before submitting an application for a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant, members of the Stoney Creek Park Alliance want the public to weigh in on their vision for the future of the Ash Street site. And this evening at...

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Multiple accounts of shots fired on area roadways A little after 1 a.m. Saturday morning, unknown suspects fired a shot into an occupied vehicle on the 500 block or North Leslie Street, according to the report. The incident took place...

Mount Olive will hike rate to pay for upgrades

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive will seek $729,000 in revenue bonds to pay for its portion of a $2.2 million sewer improvement project aimed at revamping the aging and problematic system. The Mount Olive Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday...

Mount Olive police report largest heroin seizure in town history

MOUNT OLIVE - Mount Olive Police made the largest heroin seizure in the town's history Monday night, Chief Ralph Schroeder reported. Police did not release suspect names or other details in the ongoing investigation, which reportedly turned up 60...

City Manager set to retire

Goldsboro City Manager Joe Huffman confirmed just moments ago that he will retire early next year. For the complete story, see Wednesday's News-Argus and follow www.NewsArgus.com...

Monday, December 6, 2010

Red Cross honored for blood collections

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross was recently recognized by the Carolinas Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross for the chapter's percentage of growth in blood collections. Honored at the region's annual Celebration of...

Pikeville parade

Santa Claus makes his way down the parade route during the annual Pikeville Christmas Parade on Sunday. Hundreds withstood the chilly temperatures to attend the event. The area is in the midst of its busy parade season, with Parkstown's at...

Willie Ray Starling dead at 70

Willie Ray Starling, known to many in Wayne County for his annual portrayals of Santa Claus, died Sunday evening after a long bout with cancer. Starling, 70, also was known for his activism in the county Republican Party and...

County to choose chairman Tuesday

Wayne County commissioners have a brief agenda for their Tuesday morning meeting that includes election of new leadership and a large consent agenda. The board traditionally chooses a new chairman and vice chairman for the coming year during its...

Police offer tips on break-in prevention

With breaking and enterings to homes and vehicles continuing to be a problem, the Goldsboro Police Department is reaching out to citizens and asking for help in reducing the problem. The department is encouraging residents to take steps of their...

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Thefts *Ann Matzger, 33, of Country View Drive, told Goldsboro police she left her pocketbook in a shopping cart at Walmart and when she returned, several items had been taken. Among them, she was missing $378 in cash, a credit...

Fire damages Uchiyama equipment

Three fire departments responded to a fire at a manufacturing plant at 494 Arrington Bridge Road late Sunday. The Arrington Volunteer Fire Department received a call around 7:45 p.m. from a passer-by about a fire occurring at Uchiyama America Inc....

Sunday, December 5, 2010

City looks for transfer station architect

Selection of an architect for the $4.5 million GATEWAY bus transfer station portion of the Union Station project could be made by mid-February. Proposals from two architectural firms were reviewed Wednesday by Assistant City Manager Tasha Logan, GATEWAY Director Alan...

Mount Olive host annual Christmas Open House

MOUNT OLIVE -- Song, dance and wintry weather helped the town of Mount Olive bring up the lights Friday at its annual Holiday Open House. A crowd of several hundred people gathered on Center Street to cheer on the...

Mar-Mac Firefighters take children Christmas shopping

The Mar-Mac Volunteer Fire Department and Love Memorial Baptist Church joined together again this year to make Christmas special for a group of Wayne County children. The department chose 10 children from within and outside of the church for a...

2010 a bad year for farmers

The past year was one Wayne County farmers, for the most part, would just as soon forget. Intense heat during the height of the growing season doomed many fields of all types of crops. The heat started early in...

City Council to hear presentation on Stoney Creek Park

Members of the Stoney Creek Park Alliance are expected to make a presentation Monday evening at the Goldsboro City Council's pre-meeting work session -- one City Manager Joe Huffman said would unwrap the organization's vision for the near future...

Very merry Christmas parades

It was just a few minutes past 3:30 Saturday afternoon, as the last of four area parades was about to get underway in downtown Goldsboro. Like the others -- Mount Olive, Fremont and Princeton -- it would offer the usual...

Friday, December 3, 2010

Deadline looming for tax payment

The countdown to Christmas isn't the only deadline that is rapidly approaching for Wayne County residents -- the holiday is followed less than two weeks later by the due date for property owners to pay their 2010 county and municipal...

Red Cross honors volunteers

Don Davenport received the Mary Norwood Volunteer of the Year Award for the Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross at its annual recognition banquet Thursday. In addition to his full-time job as county manager of Greene County, Davenport...

Reward offered in robbery

A Mount Olive area man robbed at gunpoint earlier this week is offering a $1.500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the culprits. For William White, Nov. 29 began as a typical Monday night. The 27-year-old sat...

Three Cherry patients involved in assault

Three patients at Cherry Hospital were allegedly involved in an altercation on Wednesday night, resulting in one being taken to the hospital, state officials confirmed today. "There was an incident of alleged assault," said Mark Van Sciver, spokesman for the...

Making history

Kirk Keller, of Wayne Community College, adds the finishing touches before a Civil War replica cannon is moved to a flatbed truck Thursday. Wayne Community College and the North Carolina park system combined efforts to build the replica for Fort...

Scrapbooking meeting at library on Saturday

Several activities are planned for this month at the Wayne County Public Library on East Ash Street. A scrapbook interest meeting will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. to discuss what scrapbooking entails, the level of experience individuals have...

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Woman found in Goldsboro

A 28-year-old woman missing overnight Tuesday from a Calypso group home was found safe and unharmed Wednesday afternoon in Goldsboro. More than 50 people had scoured the area in and around Calypso in northern Duplin County beginning early Wednesday...

Man, 65, charged in child sex case

PIKEVILLE -- Billie Wayne Stark, 65, of Pikeville, was charged Wednesday with indecent liberties with a child. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office received a report of a sexual assault involving Stark and a 10-year-old girl. Stark admitted to being...

Diminished force: K-9 officers becoming endangered species

Over the past year, the K-9 unit at the Wayne County Sheriff's Office has dwindled from six to three dogs and Sheriff Carey Winders says because of increased demand for their services, replacing them is difficult The unit lost...

Students raise funds for injured classmate

Classmates of a Charles B. Aycock High School student paralyzed in an accident last spring just weeks before his graduation decided to make him the focus of their community service project. Jordyn Howell, Jade Woodard and Hailey Chase, all juniors...

Goldsboro responds to lawsuit from Dail

The city of Goldsboro has responded to the lawsuit filed by recently exonerated Dwayne Dail and asked that the man's claims be dismissed. The lawsuit, filed in Wayne County District Court in August by Dail, has since been removed...

Red Cross Bloodmobile

The following is the December blood drive schedule for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross: *Dec. 5: Dudley Christian Church from noon to 4:30 p.m. *Dec. 14: Neuse Correctional from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Red...

First Presbyterian to host concerts

First Presbyterian Church will be the setting for two concerts in December. The first will be Friday at 7 p.m. featuring a local chamber choir composed of Kristy Gross, Chris Martin, Dianne Finan, Querida Thompson, Lee Futrelle, Chris Garrison, Clifton...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cliffs will light up Friday

Sherry Quinn, North Carolina Eastern District Parks and Recreation office assistant, attaches a rope that lights up to the railing near the beach at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park in preparation for the park's holiday spectacular. The park will...

Officials confirm sixth death of patient

A sixth person with hepatitis, who formerly lived at GlenCare assisted living facility in Mount Olive, has died, the state confirmed Tuesday. Since August, eight residents at the center have tested positive for hepatitis B, a blood-borne disease that can...

Bus system will extend hours for the holidays

GATEWAY buses will operate on extended hours in the days preceding Christmas, members of the Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority decided Tuesday. The board agreed to allow authority director Alan Stubbs and his staff to decide on extended hours of operation for...

Calypso woman reported missing

CALYPSO -- A search got under way early this morning in this rural northern Duplin County community for Tonya Nicole Fox, who walked away from a group home sometime Tuesday evening. "We have a black female, around 28 years...

Pancake fundraiser planned

The Boys and Girls Club's most popular fundraiser, Pancake Day, will be held on Saturday at the Paley Unit on Royall Avenue. In recent years, other efforts have been introduced that brought in more financial support for the club but...

Official: Chicken company a good neighbor

With less than three weeks remaining before an expected announcement on the site selection for a $94 million Sanderson Farms chicken processing plant, local development officials are remaining mum on the escalating battle north of Wayne County against the project...

Angel Trees up at mall

Christmas should be a time of happiness for children, but for many, it will be just another day. The Salvation Army of Wayne County wants to change that. That's why it has put up Angel Trees at various locations....

Attempted murder suspect wanted

The Goldsboro Police Department have secured warrants against a man for charges of attempted murder and kidnapping. Darryl Allen Jr., 23, Wilson Street is wanted for an incident occurring at his place of residence on Oct. 4. where a victim...

Sheriff's Office investigating suspicious Grantham fire

A residential fire on the 1400 block of Selah Church Road in Grantham has fire officials scratching their heads. The Grantham Volunteer Fire Department and the Jordan's Chapel Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene around 5:45 a.m. Monday...

Unoccupied city dwelling burns

The Goldsboro Fire Department responded to a fire at 410 Stronach Ave. around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday. The building is a unoccupied dwelling whose owner was in Philadelphia during the time of the incident, said Assistant Chief Frank Sasser. While...

Cornerstone nominations now being accepted

Nominations are now being accepted for the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's annual Cornerstone Award, a lifelong achievement award presented to an individual, living or deceased, who has worked to improve life in Wayne County. The recipient must be...