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Monday, January 31, 2011

Military task force director to speak

A presentation on the Eastern Region's Military Growth Task Force is one of just two new business items on Wayne County commissioners' Tuesday morning agenda. The other is manager's report by County Manager Lee Smith. Commissioners will be briefed on...

Special Olympics bowling facing new funding shortage

A county program that has brought competition and joy to a large number of Wayne County Special Olympics athletes is facing a budget crisis -- and local volunteers hope the community will help keep the balls rolling. Flo Tanner has...

Smith: Revaluation will cut taxes

Wayne County residents can expect to see their property tax rate change -- more than likely decreasing -- as the result of the recent property revaluation, say county officials. The revaluation, uncertainty surrounding state and federal budgets, lost sales...

Father-Daughter Dance at Y on Saturday

The seventh annual Father-Daughter Dance will be held Saturday at the Family Y, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will feature dancing, food, games, a cake walk and door prizes. It is sponsored by the WARM Hearts Mentoring...

FAA seminar set for Feb. 9 at Wayne Community College

Wayne Community College will host one of several free seminars being sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation and the Federal Aviation Administration. It will be Feb. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the college's...

Wayne County Eagle Scouts, Dr. Hervy Kornegay class

*Jacob Alan Richards *Leslie Ray Cox III *Derek Roger Jones *Steven Dwight Taylor Jr. *Thomas W.H. Sweeney Jr. *Justin Tyler Casey *Hunter Clark Sasser *Donald John Williams *Patrick Bailey Sasser *Daniel Scott Jones *Sainjeev Srikantha *Zachary A.D. Davis *Carson Gerald...

Record year for Eagles

The past year saw a record number of young men achieve the rank of Eagle Scout in the Tuscarora Council. And on Sunday, they and several Scout volunteers were honored at a special ceremony at Wayne Community College. The...

Ready, Aim, Fire!

The inaugural firing of a 7,000 pound, 20-foot Civil War era canon replica took place at Fort Macon State Park took place Saturday, January 29, 2011. The canon was built at Wayne Community College by more than 100 students,...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Top winners go on to Wilmington

Top winners The following winners from the 2011 Wayne County Public Schools Science Fair will go on to the Regional Science Fair in Wilmington on Feb. 12: 3-5 Division * Hannah Tyndall, Fremont Stars * Morgan Skinner, Carver Elementary *...

2011 Wayne County Public Schools Science Fair winners

2011 Wayne County Public Schools Science Fair winners K-2 Division * First: "Will It Float" -- Zyaire Webb, Meadow Lane 3-5 Division * First: "Batteries. Which Will Last The Longest" -- Hannah Tyndall, Fremont STARS * Second: "Electric Fruit" --...

Not waiting for Superman anymore

Mayor Al King steps away from his desk and walks across his office -- reaching into a cabinet before returning with a thick stack of paperwork. "Do you see this? Do you?" he said, pointing to the first of hundreds...

Projects help open students up to science

More than 50 teams of students from across the school district competed Saturday in Wayne County's countywide science fair. The students were vying for the 12 spots that will continue to the regional science fair in Wilmington on Feb....

Project planned to help patient, family

Paula Schultze wants to make sure that when David Burke comes home from the Atlanta rehabilitation center where he has spent the bulk of the past eight months, he won't have to sleep on the couch. Since the injury that...

Annual Carolina Games Summit to be held Feb. 5 at Wayne Community

Carolina Games Summit announced last week that Time Warner Cable's "Connect a Million Minds" will be the title sponsor of the sixth annual Carolina Games Summit at Wayne Community College. The summit will be held Feb. 5 at Wayne...

Wayne County Reads poetry contest open

Students who are considering participating in the Wayne County Reads poetry contest are encouraged to visit Wayne Community College's "Eastern N.C. to the Middle East" or the Arts Council of Wayne County's "A Country, A People" photo exhibits for...

Tax help for Wayne Seniors

For Wayne County seniors needing help with their taxes, Bobby Howell, with the help of AARP volunteers, will be coordinating tax help at the Wayne County Senior Center on Fridays. Taxes will be prepared by appointment only. AARP volunteers will...

Ready, aim, fire!

More than 100 students, instructors and staff from the mechanical engineering, machining and welding technology programs combined efforts to create a full-scale replica for Fort Macon State Park after reviewing 1840s-era drawings of the original cannon. Because of the threats...

Lee Hyundai bringing dealership to Goldsboro market

With plans to open in June, Lee Hyundai is moving to fill a void in Wayne County's automotive retail market. "We had such good success with our Hyundai dealership in a military market in Fayetteville, that when the Hyundai...

Chamber: 2010 tough, but successful

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet was a somewhat bittersweet moment for Steve Hicks, 67, who is retiring after nearly eight years as Chamber president. The last two years have been marked by a Chamber that, like...

Friday, January 28, 2011

Discussion group looks at role of education, youth in Afghanistan

Given a chance, the great majority of people living in Afghanistan would live peaceful lives and be receptive to changes that would ultimately improve their children's lot in life, said most of the students who attended a Wayne County...

Storytime

Preschool teacher Kim Cassidy reads to Zykerion Hinton, Carel Baker and Jasmine Jackson inside of the Wee Wings 2 Mobile Preschool classroom in the parking lot at Wayne Community College. The mobile preschool unit has three classes at Wayne Community...

Director: GATEWAY buses running full most of time and at budget

Those who question why GATEWAY buses continue to operate even when they appear empty are basing those concerns on incomplete information, Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority Director Alan Stubbs said. "I see it like that (buses nearly empty) at times," Stubbs said....

Gaspar Gonzalez being transferred to Virginia rehab

Gaspar Gonzalez, longtime advocate for Hispanics in Wayne County and former Democratic chairman and magistrate, is being transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Virginia, he told the News-Argus Thursday. For the past few weeks, he has been receiving treatment at...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Alleged robber will face multiple charges

Antell DeAngelo Nobles, 21, has been charged with six counts of armed robbery, all of which occurred in a span of 22 days. Goldsboro Police Department Sgt. Dwayne Dean said it is possible Nobles, of Isler Street, could be connected...

Driver charged in Duplin bus flip

MOUNT OLIVE -- A substitute school bus driver has been charged with failure to maintain lane control by the state Highway Patrol after the bus she was driving overturned early Wednesday. Tina Andrews, 39, of Beautancus Road, was the driver...

Winslow receives Cornerstone Award

Even though he made sure those in attendance -- including his five children -- knew that while he was honored, he was also a little embarrassed by the fuss, William Troy "Bill" Winslow accepted the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's...

Wayne County GOP marks new era in General Assembly

RALEIGH -- As the members of Wayne County's delegation to the state General Assembly helped kick off the 2011-12 biennium session, most of them shared in the air of celebration in Raleigh as Republicans took control of both chambers...

Duplin school board looks at policies

At its meeting last week, the Duplin County Board of Education continued its efforts to update and streamline the board's policies. Speaking to the members was Janine Murphy, assistant legal counsel at the North Carolina School Boards Association. Ms....

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Gaspar Gonzalez recovering after fall from ladder

Gaspar Gonzalez, longtime advocate for Hispanics in Wayne County, remains hospitalized in Greenville following a fall at Christmas. Gonzales has been receiving treatment at the rehabilitation center affiliated with Pitt Memorial Hospital for the past two or three weeks,...

Dive right in

David Adams of the Diving Club talks to Hanna Hall at the club's booth. The atrium of the Learning Center at Wayne Community College was full of students representing different clubs and organizations looking for new members Tuesday. This week...

Wayne United Way seeking letters of intent for possible 2012 funding

United Way of Wayne County is requesting Letters of Intent from local non-profit agencies whose programs align with United Way's focus areas of education, health and wellness, financial stability, and community enhancement and stabilizing personal crises. A letter of intent...

Duplin bus flips; students injured

MOUNT OLIVE -- Twelve North Duplin Elementary School students were taken to Duplin General Hospital in Kenansville shortly after 7 a.m. this morning after the school bus in which they were riding rolled over on its side on Ralph...

Their coach, forever

To residents of the Rosewood community, Les Williams was more than just an airman. He was a mentor to the young sons left in his care during daily football practices -- a teacher of life lessons and core values. He...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Seniors can receive help with taxes

The AARP Tax Aide service will start offering free tax counseling and simple income tax preparation help Feb. 1 Seniors and low-income taxpayers can receive help with both state and federal tax returns on Mondays and Tuesdays through April...

Mount Olive earns award for design for festival's cap

MOUNT OLIVE -- The 2010 North Carolina Pickle Festival baseball caps won Best Merchandising honors during the annual conference and trade show for the North Carolina and South Carolina Association of Festivals and Events held earlier this week in...

Let's dance ...

Dr. Charles Zwerling has a flair for the dramatic and a vision for the upcoming Dancing with the Wayne County Stars. The producer of the gala told the 26 contestants Monday night that he will do everything possible to make...

Public record

Found unresponsive Ronnie Humphrey, 55, E. Holly Street was pronounced dead by EMS after he being found unresponsive at his home. No additional information was available. Bomb threat Goldsboro police, firefighters and EMS responded to a bomb threat at the...

Monday, January 24, 2011

Silver Star recipient dies at 75

Wayne County lost one of its heroes late Saturday evening -- a man who, more than 40 years ago, exposed himself to enemy fire to save four wounded comrades in a Vietnam canal. Army Maj. Bob Stone, also remembered as...

Dental patients sought for clinic at Wayne County Health Department

If more children sought dental preventive services early, it would likely prevent bigger problems later, local officials said. The dental clinic at the Health Department has operated for 10 years, catering to insured and uninsured patients. But Health Director James...

Art students making donation houses for Wayne County Humane Society

Students at Eastern Wayne High School were recently given a chance to use their artistic talents for a good cause. Wooden birdhouses were converted to miniature dog houses that will be placed in area businesses and veterinarians' offices for donations...

Squadron gets top unit award from Air Force

It was Christmas -- a day most Wayne County residents spent sharing warm embraces and hot meals with family members and loved ones. But for members of the 4th Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, an ice storm that began blanketing...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Wayne student nominated for Air Force Academy

Travis Paul, a senior at Wayne School of Engineering, has been nominated for admission to the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo., by U.S. Senator Kay Hagan. He is one of six students from eastern North Carolina...

Murder trial ends in mistrial

After nearly four hours of deliberation, the jurors in the first-degree murder trial of Windsor Ingram deadlocked 11-1 Friday. Ingram, 24, had been charged in connection with the September 2007 shooting death of Tomorris Njai Raynor in Mount Olive....

Wayne Arts Council part of national study of impact of arts on economy

The Arts Council of Wayne County announced it has joined Arts & Economic Prosperity IVTM. The research study, which is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, America's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts, will evaluate the impact spending...

Democrats ready for new session -- without a majority

For a decade, state Rep. Larry Bell, D-Sampson, has been in the majority party, and for at least half of that time, he has held a leadership position. This year, however, as he enters his sixth term representing Sampson...

Reunion planned for those who saw the crash

A reunion will be held Feb. 8 for many of the people who, 50 years ago Monday, were involved in the 1961 B-52 crash. Three airmen were killed and five escaped when the aircraft fell Jan. 24, 1961, carrying two...

The bomb -- One click from Armageddon

In an instant, it was as if Wayne County had never been anything but a thick, red haze hovering above a smoldering crater that stretched for miles. The land around Ground Zero was ablaze. All signs of life had been...

AKA Debutante Pageant is Saturday

The Epsilon Phi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will sponsor its 57th Annual Debutante Pageant on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Dillard Middle School gymnasium. The theme for this year's event is "Colors of the...

'A Country, A People' - Photo exhibit on Afghanistan opens at Arts Council

Her eyes fixated on those of a young woman donning Air Force blues, Lew Rose extended a hand. "I just love your work," she said, looking, for a moment, over Senior Airman MacKenzie Lang's shoulder at one of the photos...

Friday, January 21, 2011

St. Mary crowns geography champ

A fifth-grader at St. Mary School emerged as the winner of the schoolwide National Geographic Bee recently and will advance to the next level of competition, a written exam to determine state competitors. Imani Danieli said she prepared by going...

Family's $60,000 donation brings Mount Olive library near goal

MOUNT OLIVE -- A $60,000 donation by the family of the late June and Betsy Martin has pushed grassroots fundraising efforts for the town's new Steele Memorial Library to more than $280,000 -- just $70,000 short of its $350,000 goal....

Johnston teen dies in crash

KENLY -- A Johnston County teenager was killed Thursday in a single-car accident on Hinnant-Edgerton Road. Christopher Hayden Peedin, 17, was killed Thursday shortly before 7 p.m. when the car he was driving ran off the road and hit...

Defendant denies any part in murder

Windsor Ingram took the stand Thursday to defend himself against a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Tomorris Njai Raynor. Ingram, 24, denied all details from previous testimonies that related him to the scene...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Interim police chief is named

Despite the fact that Goldsboro police Chief Tim Bell will not relinquish his role until his Feb. 28 retirement, the city of Goldsboro has a temporary chief waiting in the wings. Maj. Jeff Stewart has been named interim chief, City...

Fremont offers free class on energy use

FREMONT -- Residents will have the opportunity tonight to learn about ways to save energy and to reduce their electric bills. It is the third consecutive year that the town and ElectriCities have sponsored the free evening energy audit class....

Murder trial continues in county

Testimony continues today in the trial of a Wayne County man charged in connection with a September 2007 murder in Mount Olive. Winsor Ingram, who turns 24 years old today, is on trial for first-degree murder in connection with...

Republicans promise look at spending, cuts in 2011

Faced with a $3.7 billion shortfall and with a determination that there will be "no sacred cows" in the state's 2011 biennium budget, Wayne County's Republican legislators nonetheless say they are looking forward to the start of the session...

Praying for their little miracle

Most days, Abby Keen is content to come home from school and cuddle with her miniature dapple dachshund Oakley. The puppy has become a confidante of sorts for the 14-year-old who until last year was an active, energetic dancer, cheerleader...

Arts Festival winners named

Winners in the Junior Woman's Club's Arts Festival at the Arts Council are listed below. Winners in the elementary category were: * Visual arts, oils -- Josh Koshkin, first, Wayne Montessori; Sahil Hogarty, second, Wayne Montessori; and Megan Kane, third,...

Public record

Restaurant robbed Los Fogones, the Peruvian barbecue eatery on South Berkeley Boulevard, was broken into early Wednesday. An unknown person broke the window with a prying tool and entered, according to the report. The subject(s) are reported to have ransacked...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

First photo exhibit opens

U.S. Army combat photographer David Anthony Jackson spoke to visitors at Wayne Community College about a small exhibit of his images of Afghanistan. The photos will remain on display in the Administration Building through the end of February. Photographer...

Subdivision plats approved

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday held an abbreviated session that lasted less than an hour. However, their day included a luncheon program at the Farm Bureau and visits to Norwayne and Eastern Wayne middle schools. Three minor subdivision plats were...

Hospital fights for reimbursement

The board of directors at Wayne Memorial Hospital on Tuesday joined 52 health care systems in the state and passed a resolution calling for state legislators to enact a plan to help correct inequities in payments for Medicaid and uninsured...

Commissioners visit Norwayne and EWMS

Major renovation and construction projects at Norwayne and Eastern Wayne middle schools could be ready to bid by May -- and the county could by September be selling the $15 million in federal bonds that will finance the work....

Duplin schools elect board chairman ... finally

KENANSVILLE -- The third time was the charm for the Duplin County Board of Education. After two failed attempts to elect a leader, and amid discussion of racial division, the board members voted 4-2 appointing Chuck Farrior of District...

City gets approval to pursue funding for park

Goldsboro's Parks and Recreation Department moved one step closer to submitting an application for funding that would bring even more amenities to Stoney Creek Park during the City Council's pre-meeting work session Monday evening. The board unanimously approved the Stoney...

Calypso firefighters seek community help

CALYPSO -- During the Calypso Fire Department's recent Ladies Night Banquet, fire officials appealed to the community to help restore some of the items that had to be cut from the fire station's renovation project. While many of those needs...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Afghanistan photo exihbit

U.S. Army Combat Photographer David Anthony Jackson spoke to visitors at Wayne Community College in the Administration & Boardroom Office. A small exhibit of his images of Afghanistan will remain on display through the end of February. In contrast, photographer...

Toddler time

Wayne County Public Library's "Toddler Time" invites children and parents to listen to stories, do a little dance and enjoy a craft.  The 9:30 a.m. event is held almost every Wednesday morning. Library Assistant Sharon Guthrie read and led dances...

Fremont plans to discuss police chief opening tonight

FREMONT -- The town board is expected to meet tonight in closed session to discuss how to proceed in the search for a new police chief. A committee made up of Town Administrator Kerry McDuffie, Mayor Devone Jones and commissioners...

Driver, 21, critical after crash

A single-car accident Saturday on Dollard Town Road has left a Goldsboro man severely injured. Brooks Thomas Best, 21, of Lakeshore Drive, remains in critical condition at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Investigators with the N.C. Highway Patrol said...

Public record

Armed robbery The Kangaroo Express at 515 E. New Hope Road was robbed at 1:25 a.m. Saturday. According to the report, the suspect brandished a small, dark gray pistol and ordered the store's employee behind the counter to get his...

City Council meets tonight

The Goldsboro City Council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the council chambers in the City Hall annex, following a work session that starts at 5. A public hearing will be held on the proposed closing of an...

Lawyer, education advocate dies at age 82

Longtime Goldsboro attorney William Whitfield "Bill" Smith, 82, died Monday at Kitty Askins Hospice Center. A former chairman of the Wayne County Democratic Party, Smith was a member of the Dees law firm for more than three decades. A...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Senate Republicans: Democrats' input will be welcome

With Republicans taking control of the state Legislature for the first time in 112 years, nowhere will the change in leadership be more evident than in the Senate. In the House, former Speaker Joe Hackney will still be leading...

Man stops a train in Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Clark Pridgen, 52, of John Rose Lane was arrested Sunday around 3:30 p.m. after standing on railroad tracks near the intersection of South Center and Pollock streets in Mount Olive, forcing an oncoming train to come...

Remembering Dr. King's dream

For Mayor Al King, the continuation of Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream is about toning down violence in America. "We need some adults in this country to stand up and address an issue -- firearms, weapons, violence," he said....

Churches beat goal for Kitty Askins chapel

MOUNT OLIVE -- A group of area residents that had hoped to raise $100,000 over a three-year period for the Kitty Askins Hospice Center's $4 million expansion project has surpassed its goal in less than nine months. The fundraising efforts...

Youth Legislative Assembly March 11-13

RALEIGH -- The Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office of the North Carolina Department of Administration will accept applications through Feb. 11 for the 41st annual Youth Legislative Assembly to be held March 11-13 in Raleigh. Registrations will be accepted on...

Duplin ServSafe training available

Duplin County Cooperative Extension and Duplin County Environmental Health are collaborating to provide the nationally recognized ServSafe training for food managers and their staff starting April 19. ServSafe is an 18-hour food safety certification course developed by the National Restaurant...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Officials to tour schools

Wayne County commissioners will tour Norwayne and Eastern Wayne middle schools Tuesday in conjunction with a review of planned renovation work at the two schools. Because of the 2 p.m. tour and a light agenda, commissioners have rescheduled the start...

Treasurer talks taxes, pushes for reforms

GREENVILLE -- While most speakers at Thursday's State of the Region program concentrated on the eastern region's challenges and opportunities, state Treasurer Janet Cowell spoke of bold steps needed on the state level not only to ensure economic growth,...

Son surprises his dad with restored Porsche

As a father, Craig McFadden cherished the milestones of raising a child and gave little thought to getting anything in return. He certainly never envisioned one day being the beneficiary of something that held sentimental attachment for both father and...

Huffman finalist for job in Mississippi

Less than a month after announcing his retirement, Goldsboro's city manager is entertaining a comeback to government service -- just not in North Carolina. The News-Argus learned Friday via www.gulflive.com that Joe Huffman is one of two candidates remaining for...

Eikenberry tells Wayne Reads crowd he is proud of progress

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry was in his third floor office at the Pentagon the day that terrorists crashed the hijacked Flight 77 into the building. From that moment on, Eikenberry, a retired lieutenant general in the U.S....

Karzai, Eikenberry donate items to county museum

A signed letter of friendship from Afghan President Hamid Karzai accompanied a treasure trove of items from Afghanistan donated Saturday to the Wayne County Museum. Traditional Afghan clothing, dolls and currency were among the gifts U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan...

Someone who has been there

Walking the halls inside Goldsboro High School took Karl Eikenberry back more than 40 years -- to his victorious campaign for a post in the school's student government, to boyhood friends and mentors. But in an instant, the retired Army...

BPW now taking Young Careerist nominations

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Wayne-Duplin Business and Professional Women's Club is seeking nominations for the BPW Young Careerist competition. This honor is given to a woman for her personal and professional achievements. To be eligible, the nominee must be...

Next 'Look Good ... Feel Better' program Jan. 24

When you're undergoing cancer treatment, it's hard to feel normal.. but experts say if you look good, you'll feel better. In fact "Look Good ... Feel Better," an outreach program through the American Cancer Society, has helped nearly 500,000...

Public record

Shots fired on Elm Street A unknown person was reported to have fired multiple shots on East Elm Street around 5 a.m. Friday. The Goldsboro Police Department was contacted after a bullet struck the home of a Berkeley Mall security...

DOT launches new real-time mobile phone app

RALEIGH -- As winter weather bears down on the state this year the N.C. Department of Transpor-tation is launching a new tool called NCDOT Mobile that provides current road conditions in real time straight to a person's cell phone....

Miss Johnston County now accepting contestants

The Miss Johnston County Scholarship Organization is accepting contestants for the 2011 Miss Johnston County Scholarship Pageant and the 2011 Johnston County's Outstanding Teen Pageants. Both pageants will be held Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Paul A....

Aktion Club

Aktion Club President Rhonda Barwick shows former club president Ryan Hood the human relations award the service club was awarded by the city of Goldsboro. The Aktion Club is a Sunrise Kiwanis-sponsored service organization for people with physical or mental...

Winter weather respite

Gerald Blanding plays ball with his sons Tahir, left, and Zaheem, at Herman Park Saturday afternoon. After a week of near-freezing temperatures, highs Saturday reached unexpectedly into the lower 50s making it more of a pleasant afternoon to be outside....

Dove Award-winning family to perform Friday

The Dove Award-winning Crabb Family will perform Friday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. at First Assembly Church on Summit Road. The Tim Sutton Trio of Winterville will open for the group. The Crabb Family split up several years ago...

Duplin, host of March tourism summit, trying to attract visitors

WALLACE -- Experts from across the state will meet in Duplin County this March to discuss hot topics in the tourism industry. North Carolina's Eastern Region and Duplin County Tourism will hold a "mini-summit" Wednesday, March 2 at the...

Friday, January 14, 2011

School year extended by one more day

The school year will now end one day later, on June 10, following additional revisions made to the Wayne County Public Schools' calendar as the result of recent inclement weather. Officials had announced earlier this week that several student make-up...

Understanding Afghanistan

Want to stabilize Afghanistan and bring most of the troops home? Then, you are going to have to find someone who can talk to the Taliban. Tim Nichols, a research fellow and adjunct professor in the School of Public...

Military, tourism economic stimulants

GREENVILLE -- Protecting and promoting its military presence and developing its defense and aerospace industries along with its tourism are both challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina's Eastern Region -- an area that is beginning to experience some recovery...

Kenly meth raid yields three arrests

KENLY -- A search for a probation violator in Wayne County wound up with authorities raiding a methamphetamine operation in Kenly. Stephanie Smith, 28, of Butterfly Lane in Pikeville, was being sought by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office for...

Office manager charged in theft

An office manager at a Goldsboro doctor's office has been charged with embezzling more than $100,000. Deborah Jean Holland, 46, of Damon Drive, Princeton, was arrested by the Goldsboro Police Department last week. The charge stems from a report filed...

DGDC speaker: Downtown should be an 'experience'

He talked about what the future of America would look like -- a dramatically larger minority population, an unprecedented number of senior citizens, a decreased tax base. But perhaps the most relevant information Raleigh City Planner Mitchell Silver provided...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

18-year-old faces two counts of statutory rape

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has charged an 18-year-old man with two counts of statutory rape/sexual offense stemming from an alleged relationship with a 13-year-old girl. John Caleb Tripp of White Oak Road, Goldsboro, turned himself in to authorities...

It's a sweep ... again for Wayne County Fair

The Wayne County Regional Fair again swept the awards ceremony at the North Carolina-South Carolina Convention of Agricultural Fairs in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Wayne took home the Image Award for the 13th time -- the most of any county...

Health Department to focus on prevention in new year

The Wayne County Health Department provides a wide variety of services to county residents but Director James Roosen said the department's role can be boiled down to one crucial job -- prevention. The department also is vital to helping...

Retired general to speak Saturday

Retired Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, a Goldsboro High School graduate and the United States ambassador to Afghanistan, will speak Saturday at the Arts Council of Wayne County on the U.S. presence in that country. The event is part of...

Public record

Robbery with a dangerous weapon A Goldsboro man reported to Goldsboro police Jan. 10 that a man struck him in the face with a rock and stole his bicycle. The subject reported he suffered broken bones from the incident....

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Store robbed twice in three days

Armed robbers struck a Goldsboro convenience store twice within a three-day period, making off with close to $250 in cash and several cigars valued at $15. A second convenience store, Arrington Mart on Arrington Bridge Road at Dudley, was...

Wayne Memorial Hospital looking ahead at 2011

For Wayne Memorial Hospital this past year, the biggest issues beyond national health care reform continue to be physician recruitment and maintaining quality care and services. Hospital President and CEO William Paugh said Wayne Memorial is positioning itself for the...

School make-up days set

The weekend snowstorm might have missed large parts of Wayne County, but the subsequent icy mix that covered roads around the county resulted in school being called off for two days that must now be made up by students. For...

Gall chosen for GATEWAY project

The architect responsible for the design of the city's Union Station project was selected Tuesday by the Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority to design its $4.5 million GATEWAY bus transfer station portion of the project. "We recommended to the board an architect...

Wayne County Reads

Katie Wagner draws designs that will make her tea cup distinctive in Sarah Merritt's art class at the Wayne County Arts Council. The students are making clay tea cups for display during an Arts Council exhibit of photographs shot by...

Planning Board holds off on gated communities

Saying there is no urgency in acting, the Wayne County Planning Board Tuesday night once again left the question of permitting gated communities in the county on the table. One reason, board members said, is simply that there has been...

Public record

Copper taken Someone took copper wiring valued at $1,500 from a Progress Energy substation on West Main Street in Mount Olive. Entry was gained by cutting through a fence. Damages totaled $1,200 to the fence. Theft The theft of $2,574...

Chronic disease worshop offered at Senior Center

Wayne County Services on Aging is offering a free six-week workshop designed to help seniors manage their chronic illnesses. Among the chronic illnesses the workshop will focus on are arthritis, asthma, lung disease, cancer, heart disease/heart failure, diabetes, high...

Ice cold fishing

Hunter Jones tries his luck fly fishing Tuesday afternoon at Williams Mill on N.C. 55, east of Mount Olive. Students across the area had the past several days off due to the snow and ice storm. Forecasters said the temperature...

Mount Olive to celebrate King's legacy at Sunday service

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Carver Alumni Association will honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday at Northeast Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. The annual event, set for 4 p.m. at the...

Businesses sought for middle school career fair

Lori Dubose, organizer of next month's middle school career fair, is envisioning a gymnasium packed with area business representatives so that seventh-graders can get a sense of the future job possibilities in Wayne County. "Last year I know we...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

WCC announces list of arts, humanities programs

The spring season of arts and humanities programs at Wayne Community College promises to be the most diverse and exciting yet, says Jack Kannan, executive director of the college's Foundation. "We have added a film festival this year, we have...

Goldsboro battles ice crystals, but other parts of county see snow

A winter storm crossing the state left Wayne County under a thin sheet of ice today but much of the anticipated snow fell elsewhere. The storm forced the closure of the county public schools for a second day. Wayne...

Man, 22, charged in local assaults

Evidence collected during a March 31 burglary arrest has helped Goldsboro police clear two other cases -- one that occurred March 18 and the other Jan. 7. A first court appearance was held Monday for John Lewis Chapman II,...

Progress Energy: Local project still in the works

Construction is expected to continue on Progress Energy's $900 million natural gas-fired power plant being built in Wayne County despite the company's pending merger with Duke Energy. "I believe that project will continue," Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson said...

Public record

Car damaged by gunfire Goldsboro police are investigating a shooting that did $1,000 in damages to a car belonging to Sonya Shenia Whitted, 42, Water Oak Drive, LaGrange. Ms. Whitted said that her son had driven the car to Day...

Board bickers over policy change query

The Wayne County Board of Education started off the new year with a contentious meeting Monday night, sparring at length over a simple procedure to bring up a proposed change in the board's bylaws. The proposed change was to ease...

Snow in Mount Olive

Snowfall began in Mount Olive began around 1:30 p.m. A winter storm warning remains in effect until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Video taken by Staff Photographer Bobby Williams....

Monday, January 10, 2011

Woman suspect in fatal stabbing

A young Goldsboro woman has been questioned by police in connection with the early Sunday morning stabbing death of Donald Ray Battle, 48, of Hack Drive in Dudley. Police were called to a vacant house at 1510 Dakota St., at...

County office closing early due to inclement weather

All Wayne County government offices will close this afternoon at 4 p.m. because of the treat on inclement weather. County Manager Lee Smith is expected to make a decision by 9 p.m. today on office hours for Tuesday....

Longtime doctor, Dr Paul Bennett, dies at age 83

By PHYLLIS MOORE News-Argus Staff Writer Dr. Paul Bennett Jr. of Goldsboro, a beloved "old-time family doctor," died Saturday. He was 83. Bennett had moved to the area and opened up his family practice in 1959, establishing what is...

Harper House at Bentonville reopens

FOUR OAKS -- After months of being closed for plaster repair work, the Harper House at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site re-opened last week for guided tours. Tours are given on the hour beginning at 10 a.m., with the...

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Thefts *Jackie Mitchell, 33, Alpha Court, told Goldsboro police an unknown subject entered his residence through an unsecured window and removed a 42-inch flatscreen TV worth $850, A 19-inch flatscreen TV worth $325 and two DVD players valued at $320....

WCC offering several CRC testing opportunities

The public has several opportunities to take the WorkKeys tests for Career Readiness Certification this month. The Wayne Occupational Readiness Keys for Success program will provide testing sessions from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday and on Jan....

Dudley area suspect still sought by Duplin officials

Duplin County sheriff's deputies are continuing their search for a Dudley-area man who has managed to elude authorities since a Dec. 30 high-speed chase. Ricky Simmons Carter Jr., 26, Legion Drive, Dudley, is being sought on multiple drug and...

Sunday, January 9, 2011

County prepares for snow ... just in case

Wayne County dodged the snowstorm that had been predicted Friday night, sending many residents into grocery stores to stock up on staples, but now must brace for the possibility of one that will materialize Monday into Tuesday. Several grocery stores...

Schools prepared for budget stresses

Despite a snarled state budget and slowdowns to construction during 2010, Wayne County Public Schools continues to keep pace in providing a quality education, superintendent Dr. Steve Taylor said. "As far as testing, the ABCs and No Child Left Behind,...

Stars get set for county's dance battle

Twenty-six "stars" from the community have signed on for the "Dancing With Wayne County Stars" spring fundraiser to benefit local education programs, organizers said Friday. "Right now, we're doing actually quite well," said Dr. Charles Zwerling of Top Hat Studio,...

Wayne librarians chosen 'emerging leaders'

Brandon Robbins, teen librarian at the Goldsboro branch of the Wayne County Public Library, and Sharon Michie, branch manager of Steele Memorial Library in Mount Olive, are attending the American Library Association's midwinter meeting in San Diego this week....

Visitation Day set for Jan. 17 at MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- Potential students are encouraged to attend the next visitation day at Mount Olive College on Monday, Jan. 17. Registration begins in the Lois K. Murphy Center at 9 a.m. Prospective students will have the opportunity to tour...

Rouzer co-chair of ag committee

RALEIGH -- Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, announced Friday that upon convening the 2011-2012 session of the General Assembly he will name Sen. David Rouzer of Johnston and Wayne counties and Sen. Don East of Surry County as co-chairmen...

Progress Energy offers solar program

RALEIGH -- Progress Energy Carolinas is now offering incentives to North Carolina residential customers who install and own solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at their homes, under the utility's new SunSense(r) Solar PV program. Launched this week, the SunSense Solar PV...

Guard's employer award deadline near

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The beginning of the new year marks the final two weeks for North Carolina Guard and Reserve members and their families to nominate supportive employers for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. North Carolina...

Ministers learn how to counsel veterans

The day started with a warning. What was coming would be difficult, and Tommy Watson knew it. If we cry, he said, it will be all right. We will cry together. And indeed, before a day-long program was over at...

Goldsboro native receives Freedom Award

Goldsboro native Dorothy Cotton recently received the National Freedom Award in Memphis, Tenn. The Ithaca, N.Y., resident, now 80, was honored for her work in civil rights and social change. She was the education director for the Southern Christian Leadership...

EWHS cheerleaders perform at Gator Bowl

It may have only been a six-minute performance for the Eastern Wayne High School cheerleading squad, but participating in the half-time show at the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day will be a memory that will last a lifetime. Twenty-four...

Development Alliance campaign tops goal

The Wayne County Development Alliance's Impact Wayne Campaign has secured $1,488,750 in pledges -- 15 percent over its $1.3 million goal. The alliance officially introduced the campaign and its five-year strategic plan to implement an aggressive public/private economic development...

Friday, January 7, 2011

Fremont repairs under way

FREMONT -- Construction crews Monday began repairing sewer lines throughout the town of Fremont as part of a project that is expected to take several months to complete and that could cause some traffic disruptions. A North Carolina Rural...

Former 4th Fighter Wing officer will lead at Bagram

A former 4th Fighter Wing officer will soon take on the top Air Force post in Afghanistan, making him the third Seymour Johnson Air Force Base airman to take on the role since March 2008. Brig. Gen. Darryl Roberson, an...

Job mentoring program hopes to link students with careers

A new job mentoring program in development at Wayne County schools seeks local professionals and civic organizations to introduce high school students to the business world. Doctors, lawyers, certified public accountants, government officials and others in similar fields are asked...

Snow in forecast ... again

Wayne County could see more snow, if predictions by the National Weather Service prove accurate. A winter weather advisory is scheduled for Wayne and much of central North Carolina from 4 p.m. this afternoon through 4 a.m. Saturday. Wayne received...

Two charged with copper thefts in area

The arrests of two Ayden men have helped partially clear one case of copper theft even as Wayne County sheriff's deputies begin the investigation of two new cases -- both involving thefts from power substations. Anthony Tyrell Gay, 34,...

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Beaten, robbed Christopher Alan Williams, 24, Seymour Drive, told Goldsboro police he was beaten and robbed of $150 by three suspects he had been riding with. Williams said the car stopped at a convenience store on U.S. 70 West. He...

Wayne County school activities for this evening canceled

Wayne County Schools has canceled after after-school activities scheduled for today, including all basketball games. The North Duplin-Goldsboro and Charles B. Aycock-Eastern Wayne games have been rescheduled for Jan. 26. The Spring Creek-Princeton games are now slated for Jan. 19....

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The battles: Colonel to airmen: Talk, we will listen

Col. Patrick Doherty acknowledges that today's Air Force is far different than the one he joined years ago. "It is a different Air Force with the transformation of warfare and the whole environment we're in right now," he said....

The battles: 6 airmen's views

Some have been engaged in the global war on terror since before their children were born -- experiencing, for nearly a decade, more milestones over the Internet and telephone than in person; coming home from theater only to have...

The battles: Chaplain answers questions

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following interview was conducted in October, shortly after Col. Howard Stendahl, command chaplain with Air Combat Command, came to speak at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base following two suicides among Goldsboro-based airmen. Since the most recent...

Celebrating King James' 400th

Al and Linda Nesbitt read the King James Bible while Myron Scott reads out loud at Faith Free Will Baptist Church. More than 125 church members will take turns reading the King James Bible straight through, which will take...

Mount Olive will limit extensions on water bills

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive residents will have to obtain a notarized letter signed by a doctor, pastor or lawyer if they want multiple extensions on their utility bills. The town has always worked with residents to give them a...

Youth grants earned by 2 groups

RALEIGH -- The Goldsboro Mayor's Youth Council and the Unity Organization in Mount Olive have received mini-grants from the North Carolina Youth Advisory Council of the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office. The Goldsboro group received $600 for its "Valentine at...

County supports current ABC system

Proponents of a possible state takeover or privatization of the Alcohol Beverage Control system aren't telling the entire story, Wayne County ABC Board business manager Mike Myrick told county commissioners Tuesday. Commissioners were asked to sign a resolution opposing privatization,...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

27-year-old faces charges in assault on 11-year-old girl

A 27-year-old Goldsboro man has been charged with sexual assault in connection with an incident involving an 11-year-old girl. Johnnie Ray Willis Jr., of Harris Street, was arrested and charged today with one count of indecent liberties with a child....

Holmes to put on second star

News Argus Staff Writer A former 4th Fighter Wing commander will soon put on his second star. Brig. Gen. James "Mike" Holmes, who held Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's top post from August 2004 to September 2006, has been nominated...

Arrests bring in 85 pounds of marijuana

Three illegal aliens from Jamaica living in Goldsboro were arrested Monday for trafficking in marijuana, with authorities seizing 85 pounds of the illegal weed. The raid was part of a joint investigation by the Goldsboro/Wayne County Interagency Drug Task...

Reading campaign beginning next week

Wayne County residents will have an opportunity to learn more about the country where American troops are fighting when the Wayne County Reads campaign kicks into gear next week with the first of two months of public events. Tim...

Wayne County moves ahead with proposal for school bonds

Cautioning against adding any padding, Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning approved the school board's application for $15 million in bonds through the federal Qualified School Construction Bonds program. The bonds would be used for renovation, repair and construction projects...

Wayne County delays buildings

Fear and uncertainty over a weak economy and of a state budget with a projected $3.7 billion gap have halted, at least for the next six months, Wayne County's plans for a new home for its Health Department and...

New Year Highway Safety

State Highway Patrol officials said the New Year's weekend was relatively quiet in Wayne County as a nearly month-long Booze It & Lose It campaign came to an end with no increase in the number of drunk drivers arrested....

Mount Olive will pay sewer plant bill

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive wastewater treatment plant is still not performing to contract specifications, but the town Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to pay a bill for its construction. The board voted 5-1 in favor of authorizing the...

Mount Olive PD's Brown awarded for valor

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Police Department awarded Capt. Tommy Brown the Medal of Valor at the town commission board meeting Tuesday. Brown was honored for his actions in a Wayne County undercover drug-busting operation that took place...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Goldsboro - No to Rec Center

A seemingly innocent request from Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Allen led Monday evening to the second death of a project that, since it was voted down in April, appeared to have some life left in it. There will be no...

Seymour Johnson EOD flight responds during bomb scare

Members of the 4th Fighter Wing Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight have gotten used to responding to Improvised Explosive Device threats in Iraq and Afghanistan -- clearing dangerous stretches for Allied troops and civilians alike. So when news reached Seymour Johnson...

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Gas stolen from lawnmower A Mount Olive man contacted the Wayne County Sheriff's Office to report a theft that occurred on his property. The victim claimed his cousin stole $6 worth of gasoline from his lawn mower, according to a...

Duplin not sold on translating documents

KENANSVILLE --The government should declare English the official language of the United States, Duplin County commissioners said Monday. At their first meeting of the new year, the commissioners unanimously approved a resolution respectfully requesting the declaration, after discussing a few...

Fremont starting interviews for police chief

FREMONT -- Fremont officials this week will begin interviewing nine of the 17 people who have applied for the job of police chief and the town board could be ready to act on the appointment by the end of...

James Sprunt to offer classes on vineyard operations

KENANSVILLE -- The Viticulture (grape growing) and Enology (wine making) Program at James Sprunt Community College will offer the following 16-week classes during the 2011 spring semester. The vineyard establishment and development class teaches grape variety selection, trellis system selection,...

Lee-Jackson banquet

Area Civil War history groups will sponsor a Lee and Jackson Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 22. The Goldsboro Rifles and the Dr. B. T. Person and the Smithfield Light Infantry camps of the Sons of Confederate Veterans are holding the...

Monday, January 3, 2011

County still in hunt for new plant

Company officials couldn't be reached for comment last week, but Wayne County Development Alliance Executive Director Joanna Helms said Wayne County appears to still be in the running for a new Sanderson Farms poultry processing plant. At least, she...

Goldsboro High students scoring well on skills test

As soon as Cameron O'Quinn learned he could win a $30 gift certificate to the local movie theater, he was on board. Even if it involved preparing to take the WorkKeys career readiness test. Educators have spent the bulk of...

Man shoots, kills girlfriend

FREMONT -- When police officers arrived at the scene of a Fremont woman's murder New Year's Day, they found the suspect in the shooting standing over her body, still pulling the trigger on an empty handgun. Teresa Pierce Harrelson,...

County to be asked to consider ABC sales

Wayne County Commissioners will be asked at their meeting Tuesday to adopt a resolution opposing privatization of the state's alcohol sales. Local Alcoholic Beverage Control Board business manager Mike Myrick is expected to argue that privatization would increase the number...

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Shot, but refused police help Jaquan Ronte Hines, 21, Country Club Road, Fayetteville, told police he was walking along the 600 block of Newsome Street Thursday night around 6:30 p.m. when a stranger came up behind him and shot him...

The pickle drops as Mount Olive celebrates a new year

Staff photographer Michael Dakota captured Mount Olive "Pickle Drop" on New Year's Eve....

Sunday, January 2, 2011

County looks at school bonds

Application for $15 million in federal bonds for school construction will once again be before Wayne County commissioners when they meet Tuesday morning. The Wayne County Board of Education at its Dec. 6 session approved applying for the Qualified...

Study reveals value of More at Four

When the More at Four program was introduced in North Carolina nearly a decade ago, its intent was to better prepare at-risk 4-year-olds for kindergarten. Now it's been around long enough now to measure long-term benefits -- extending into...

Wayne rings in the new year

MOUNT OLIVE -- The oversized plastic New Year's top hat toppled from Evan Dennis' 5-year-old head every time he tipped it back to let go a blaring toot from his horn. "You want to see how loud I can...

You read them: The most viewed online stories of 2010

These are the year's top 10 stories based on the number of Internet page views -- the number of times they were read by you, the reader, at www.NewsArgus.com. 1) Four dead in U.S. 117 accident -- Sept. 19 Four...

Top 10: The biggest stories of 2010

CHERRY HOSPITAL Just months before ground was broken on a new three-story, 410,000-square-foot, 316-bed facility, nurses at Cherry Hospital spoke out about working conditions and the number of injuries being suffered by staff at the hands of patients, especially in...

A month-by-month look at 2010, the year that was, in Wayne County

JANUARY Jan. 1 -- The annual Mt. Olive Pickle Co. Pickle Drop kicked off the new year in Wayne County on Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 -- Bars, restaurants and many public places in Wayne County went smoke...

Wayne residents' prognosis bright for new year

For the most part, optimism still abounds as area residents welcome a new year. The economy, depressed job market and other gloom-and-doom stories of recent years have long deflated the morale across the country. But as 2010 closed out,...

Baby Jacob becomes first born at Wayne Memorial in new year

Tiffany Thornton of Seven Springs hadn't planned on spending New Year's Eve at Wayne Memorial Hospital since her C-section wasn't scheduled until Monday. Jacob Harvey-Ray Nelson, 10 pounds, five ounces, 22 and one-half inches long and with a head full...

Dudley man sought on drug charges

A Dudley-area man is being sought by Duplin County authorities on multiple drug and other charges following a Thursday night high-speed chase that started near Calypso in northern Duplin County and ended on Durham Lake Road at Dudley. Two...