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Thursday, March 31, 2011

County schools are offering buses for air show shuttles

Wayne County Public Schools is doing its part to assist Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and the city in managing the parking situation for the Wings Over Wayne Air Show scheduled for April 16 and 17. The buses shuttling...

County ranks below average in health scores

A new report that measures such health factors as life span, exercise habits, obesity rates and access to fresh foods and medical services has Wayne County ranked 53rd of the state's 100 counties. Wake and Orange counties lead the state,...

MPO officials say community does not attend meetings

The Goldsboro Metropolitan Planning Organization's Monday morning retreat was intended to provide MPO members with a nuts-and-bolts look at the organization's duties. However, the meeting, which was open to the public, was still a reminder to MPO members of the...

Chamber of Commerce building getting face-lift

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce is undergoing renovations to its century-old home on North William Street. The building, which was originally William Street School, was built in 1904 and is in desperate need of a face-lift, Chamber president...

Cinderella tea party to be held Saturday

In conjunction with its performance of "Cinderella," Center Stage Theatre will have a tea party at Waynesborough Historical Village Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "We can't go to Disneyland, so we're kind of bringing Disneyland to Goldsboro,"...

Police warn of elderly scam

A nationwide scam targeting the elderly has recently reached area residents, and Goldsboro police are asking the public to be on guard. The scam involves telephone calls made to the homes of elderly people, and the caller pretends to...

Students collecting blood

Students at Meadow Lane Elementary, Tommy's Road Elementary, Carver Elementary and Brogden Middle schools may not be old enough to donate blood, but they are discovering that blood donors are life-saving heroes. And they are helping the adults in...

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School's equipment building robbed Over $4,000 in sporting equipment was stolen from Faith Christian Academy between Saturday and Tuesday. The suspect opened a combination lock to get access into the building, according to the report. The following goods were listed...

Worker charged in case at Skill Creations

A Goldsboro woman is facing a misdemeanor child abuse charge despite the fact that state social services investigators found she was not at fault. Mable Lee Williams, 58, of Goldsboro, was charged by Goldsboro police after she lost control of...

Local blood sponsors recognized nationally

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Sam's Club, the State Employees Credit Union, Wayne Memorial Hospital and First Pentecostal Holiness Church were five of the hundreds of blood drive sponsors recognized in the March 17 edition of...

April Bloodmobile schedule

April 1: Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, 4534 Hangar Row, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 3: Oakland Community Church in Princeton from noon to 4:30 p.m. April 7: Tommy's Road Elementary School from 2 to 6:30 p.m....

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Goldsboro Council still eyeing possibility of buying Arts Council building

A final decision need not be reached until Aug. 1, but the city of Goldsboro has signed a contract that represents a tentative agreement to purchase the Arts Council of Wayne County's headquarters for $600,000. The document was signed Feb....

Residents form group to take bite out of crime

Nearly 25 people kicked off a neighborhood Crime Watch program at Wood Grove Church on Central Heights Road Monday evening. Those in attendance came from neighborhoods on both sides of U.S. 13 between Tommy's Road and Hood Swamp Road. Richard...

Officials say money best way to help victims in Japan

TY JOHNSON News-Argus Staff Writer As Japanese officials and scientists continue to deal with the partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor stemming from a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11, two relief organizations in Wayne County are actively...

Wayne County schools planning band concert

Approximately 120 band members from Wayne County Public Schools will showcase their talents on Thursday at 7 p.m. during the 2011 All County Band Festival at Dillard Middle School. Leading up to the annual event, students from 14 middle and...

Program helps felons find jobs, start over

When Carolyn Thomas looks at the former convicts who come to her for help finding a job, she sees her son, a felon who was unable to find work to keep him from turning back to a life of crime....

Friendship leads neighbors to organize benefit for Abby

Robin Coor Casey cried as she talked about the bravery and faith of 14-year-old Abby Keen of Grantham that a liver transplant will enable her to recover from primary sclerosing cholangitis, a rare liver disease found in children. Despite a...

Mount Olive looking for money to fix sewer plant

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive Town Manager Charles Brown was on his way early today to Raleigh to hand-deliver an application for a $50,000 grant that town officials are hopeful will eventually lead to correcting a host of design...

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Alleged copper thieves caught Three men were taken into custody Friday on charges of stealing copper wire and other items from a cell tower construction site on U.S. 13 South. Upon hearing the call, investigators with the Sheriff's Office responded...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pikeville considers dropping police

PIKEVILLE -- Pikeville residents and town officials have started discussions about the possibility of disbanding the town's police department and contracting with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office for protection. An open meeting at the Pikeville Community Center on Monday...

More of 336th returns home

Capt. Nick Graham and his wife, Amy, hold their son Kellen's hands as they walk away from the officer's F-15E Strike Eagle Monday afternoon. Graham, a member of the 336th Fighter Squadron, was among the final air crews to...

Neighborhood shooting ends in drug arrests

Three people were charged by Goldsboro police Monday following a shooting on the 1700 block of Maple Street about 3:30 p.m. Police responded to a shooting call and found Joel Devon Artis standing next to his car. Artis, 35,...

County clerk honored by state organization

Marcia Wilson, the clerk to the Wayne County Board of Commissioners for the past 20 years, was presented Monday with the Howard Holly Outstanding Clerk Award in "recognition of accomplishments superior to accepted standards and distinguished continuing contributions to county...

Governor makes stop to discuss education

KINSTON -- Gov. Beverly Perdue was in Lenoir County on Monday as part of her statewide tour to promote job creation and education protection as the General Assembly prepares its 2011-12 budget. After touring West Pharmaceuticals, a business near...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Police respond to afternoon shooting

Members of the Goldsboro Police Department responded to a reported shooting on Jefferson Street not far from Edgewood Community Development School at about 3:25 p.m. Monday -- one that landed two men and one woman in handcuffs and sent another...

Sheriff's Office veterans retire

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office recently lost nearly a century of service as five career lawman recently retired. The group represented a combined 99 years of experience with the Sheriff's Office alone and more than 180 years total in...

'Leatherheads' raise over $20,000 for cancer fight

More than $20,000 was raised for children's cancer research Saturday night as nearly a hundred people shaved their heads in an auction-style event held at a bustling Flying Shamrock on John Street. The Fraternal Order Of Leatherheads (F.O.O.L.S.) teamed...

Dancing trophies awarded

The first annual Dancing Stars of Wayne County event was a rousing success, even before all the trophies were handed out, said Dr. Debbie Grady, who introduced the concept more than a year ago. With 26 contestants and countless hours...

Bank robber get 16 years in prison

RALEIGH -- A Pikeville man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for robbing the Heritage Bank in Fremont last year. Clifton Earl Johnson, 59, was sentenced in federal court to 16 years in prison, U.S. Attorney George...

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Booze It Lose It On Friday, 37 law enforcement officers from the Goldsboro Police Department A Shift, B Shift, C Shift, Wayne County Sheriff's Office and the N.C. HIghway Patrol conducted a joint "Booze It Lose It" checkpoint at the...

Deadline for vendors to sign up for Pickle Festival is Friday

MOUNT OLIVE -- Friday is deadline for vendors to register for the 25th annual N.C. Pickle Festival be held April 28 through May 1 without having to pay a $75 late fee It is also the deadline for sponsorships...

De-annexation bills pushing moratorium debate

The controversies surrounding the Phase XI de-annexation House bill may have contributed momentum to another bill still in committee at the N.C. House of Representatives. House Bill 9, a bill that would place a statewide moratorium on involuntary annexations,...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

New Arts Council location announced

The Arts Council of Wayne County announced in its newsletter Friday that it will be moving into new quarters on the first- and second-level spaces of the building at the corner of Walnut and John streets. Members of the...

Fremont in full bloom

FREMONT -- An estimated 5,000 people filled the streets of Fremont Saturday for the town's annual 25th Daffodil Festival. Cool temperatures and cloudy skies did little to dampen the atmosphere of the crowd. "I was extremely pleased we had...

Ride for Red raises money for Red Cross

Six-year-old Bryce Mills proudly displayed several pins on his windbreaker Saturday commemorating the Ride for the Red, an annual charity event that benefits the Red Cross. He was most excited, though, about having his own helmet and riding again...

Miss Goldsboro crowned

Using the same talent that has taken her as far away as Beijing for the 2008 Olympics, Chelsea Guild was named Miss Goldsboro 2011 on the strength of her lively performance of a jump-rope routine set to Harry Belafonte's...

Dancing the night away

Wayne County can dance. That was evidenced by the 26 contestants in Saturday night's first Dancing Stars of Wayne County event, a year in the making. Dr. Debbie Grady had suggested the idea as a fundraiser for local education...

Hike for Humanity Saturday

Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne County is sponsoring its second annual Hike for Humanity on Saturday at Stoney Creek Park. The event is a fundraiser for Habitat, which helps low-income people obtain decent housing. It is being sponsored by...

'Dance for Christ' is now in its 10th year

In an old-time western town, the sheriff deputizes a posse to go with him to capture Satan. They round him up and a duel ensues between the sheriff and Satan. But instead of shooting him with a gun, the...

Metropolitan Planning Organization retreat Monday

The Goldsboro Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold a planning retreat Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the large upstairs conference room at City Hall. The session is being held to familiarize new MPO members with the duties...

Friday, March 25, 2011

Couple faces drug charge after raid on residence

Larry Dale Holcombe, 41, and his wife, Tammy Alane Holcombe, 39, were arrested Tuesday by the Goldsboro/Wayne County Drug Task Force on charges related to methamphetamine production. Drug agents said the couple were producing the drug for the sale or...

Lawmakers debate annexation rules

RALEIGH -- Residents of the last annexed area of Goldsboro scored a victory in their fight against annexation Thursday when the state House Government Committee approved a bill to de-annex the Buck Swamp and Falling Brook areas of the...

City weighs idea for Arts Council building

Members of the Goldsboro City Council were not quite ready to pull the trigger on Interim City Manager Tasha Logan's suggestion that the board acquire the Arts Council of Wayne County headquarters -- and that they renovate the building and...

Greene teacher honored

SNOW HILL -- Snow Hill Primary School's Gena Byrd is among seven teachers from across the nation recently recognized for their outstanding efforts to promote literacy about the state and nation's top industry--agriculture. The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture...

AgCarolina scholarships available

AgCarolina Financial will be awarding more than $25,000 in scholarships to students who will be attending or who are currently enrolled in a North Carolina college or university. The cooperative will present 27 scholarships to the children or grandchildren of...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hospital moves ahead with ER expansion plan

The Emergency Department at Wayne Memorial Hospital has been bursting at the seams for nearly a decade. When the West Wing was built in 1991, the Emergency Room was designed for a capacity of about 35,000 visits a year, said...

Council member calls for street repairs

Goldsboro residents who feel there are too many streets within the city limits that need to be repaved aren't alone. District 2 Councilman Bob Waller agrees with them. When Development Services Director Randy Guthrie presented a list Monday of...

Former patient tells crowd how ReNu Life changed hers

Penelope Taylor has spent nearly 18 years proving doctors wrong. She told her story Wednesday during a meeting designed to increase awareness for the need for funding for brain injury rehabilitation and research. In 1993, at age 15, Penelope was...

Tip leads to drug arrest; second suspect sought

An anonymous call to Crime Stoppers led to a search warrant that resulted in the seizure of more than 50 grams of cocaine and the arrest of a Goldsboro man earlier this week. Members of the Goldsboro/Wayne Interagency Drug...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Daffodil Preview

FREMONT -- The town of Fremont will hold its 25th annual Daffodil Festival Saturday, featuring entertainment by the classic beach music band The Embers. Organizers are expecting more than 50 vendors at the event, which will feature games, arts...

WCC watching, waiting for details on budget

High enrollment and a precarious state budget continue to dominate conversations at Wayne Community College. The board of trustees Tuesday night heard updates on program numbers and the possible need for a contingency plan should graduation ceremonies need to...

Dudley man, 21, faces sex charge involving minor

A Dudley man has been charged with 12 counts of sexual offense involving a girl between the ages of 12 and 13 years old. Wayne County Sheriff's Office investigators say Adam Lee Mitchell, 21, of U.S. 13 South, is...

Two take on new duties with GATEWAY after restructuring

The executive director and operations manager of the GATEWAY transit system have been replaced in a restructuring move that could be the first step toward converting the bus and van system into a department of either Wayne County or the...

Student charged with firing pistol

An Eastern Wayne High student was arrested by Goldsboro police earlier this month after allegedly firing a handgun near a stopped school bus carrying about a dozen students. Dequan Alganon Hines, 17, of West New Hope Road, was charged...

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Woman caught shoplifting Loss prevention officials from Belk's Department Store in Berkeley Mall and an officer from Goldsboro police observed a woman stuff over $800 worth of clothing into a a child's diaper bag around 12:30 p.m. on Monday. As...

Council approves resolution against deannexation bills

With the threat of the deannexation looming, the Goldsboro City Council passed a resolution Monday opposing the bill filed by state Rep. Efton Sager, R-Wayne, that would remove the Buck Swamp and Falling Brook areas from inside Goldsboro limits....

Alzheimer's Caregivers workshop

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimers can take a toll as each passing day brings new challenges and complications. Because the burden often falls to family members, there is a greater need to be educated and trained on...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Red Cross Ride for Red will be Saturday

Glenn Barnes saw firsthand how the Red Cross helped his wife's sister when she, her husband and their three children lost their home to a fire. And being a volunteer fireman, he has seen through the years how the Red...

City names interim parks and rec chief

Moments after Parks and Recreation Director Ruben Wall said farewell to members of the Goldsboro City Council Monday evening, Interim City Manager Tasha Logan announced a temporary replacement for the post he will soon leave vacant. Paramount Theater Director Sherry...

City residents can pay their bills online now

Goldsboro residents can now view and pay their water bills online. The program, which Finance Director Kaye Scott said came about in response to customers' comments, went live Monday and carries no additional convenience fee. "We've had a lot...

Dance practice

Lori DuBose, left, one of 26 contestants in "Dancing Stars of Wayne County," shares a laugh with dance instructor JoAnn Barbour during dress rehearsal. The sold-out event will be held on Saturday evening at Walnut Creek Country Club and is...

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Identity thefts The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating two reports of identity theft in the area. Charles Albert Thomas II, 35, of Lucy Smith Road in Mount Olive told deputies that an AT&T mobile phone account had been...

New Public Works schedule

The City of Goldsboro Public Works Department has begun a new operating schedule. Beginning this month, the Public Works Department offices will be open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 7 a.m. to...

Public meeting on grant money April 1

The Corporation for National and Community Service will discuss funding available for local non-profits and government agencies To provide on-going support for Wayne County RSVP, the Corporation for National and Community Service has announced the availability of grant funds to...

City, base: Air show parking solved

Two weeks after Goldsboro City Council members forecast a "logistical nightmare" associated with finding some 27,000 parking spaces for April's two-day Wings Over Wayne Air Show, the board had little to say about the solution pitched by Interim City Manager...

Arts Day in Raleigh on April 11-12

Sarah Merritt of the Arts Council of Wayne County has been named as regional captain for Arts Day 2011 to be held in Raleigh April 11-12. Arts Day is North Carolina's annual legislative and professional development event produced by Arts...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Motoring for Relay

Motorcycle riders leave Brogden United Methodist Church about 10 a.m. Saturday morning for the second annual Relay for Life Motorcycle Fun Run. Thirty-eight riders participated in the run, raising $900. With only two months to go before Wayne County's Relay...

Progress Energy hauls will cause delays

Two projects this week hold the potential of creating traffic issues on several Wayne County roads. The first will be Tuesday morning when Progress Energy will move large equipment to its new $900 million power plant being built on...

Results on tests cause slip, but scores higher

Wayne County's high school students dropped from third to sixth when compared to how eight other local school systems fared on the composite end-of-course tests. But despite the decline, Wayne high school students improved their proficiency on the tests from...

New visitors center, museum to open soon at Cliffs of Neuse

SEVEN SPRINGS --The new visitors center and museum at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is nearing completion and should open within the next couple of months. Cliffs park superintendent Daniel Schewlakow said the building is in the final stages...

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Copper theft reported A Goldsboro woman told police Thursday that thousands of dollars worth of copper wire was stolen from a property she owns. Ashley Denise Darlington reported that someone entered the crawlspace at 1211 Andrews Ave. and stole $4,000...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Air show parking on council agenda

Two issues involving the Air Force are expected to be discussed at length during Monday's Goldsboro City Council meeting, and while one isn't expected to impact the city for quite some time, the other, officials said, is a far...

Neighborhood was already dangerous

Renada McLamb knows a type of pain she wouldn't wish on anyone, a type of pain nobody should ever have to endure. She is a mother who has lost a child -- her 3-year-old baby who fell victim to...

Man dies in crash early Saturday morning

A Goldsboro man died early Saturday morning after the driver of the car he was riding in -- who was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the wreck -- lost control of the vehicle and hit a utility pole. Stephen...

Best was trying to change his life

For nearly three weeks Derrick Raymont Best was on the run, law enforcement officials unable to find him. But for the last three days before his arrest on Wednesday, one person knew where he was, his girlfriend Keshona Baker....

Wayne Country Day comes in second in state writing contest

Wayne Country Day School recently captured second place in a statewide writing contest under the umbrella of the newly formed N.C. Association for Scholastic Activities, with one student from the group earning first place for creative writing. NCASA promotes...

'To Arms! To Arms!': Bentonville history

Youth from across eastern North Carolina stand ready for drill by the Sixth North Carolina Company I on Saturday at Bentonville Battlefield's 146th anniversary event, "To Arms! To Arms! The Union is Dissolved: Mustering Soldiers Off to War."...

Five to compete in Miss Goldsboro Scholarship Pageant Saturday

Five young women will compete Saturday, March 26 for the title of Miss Goldsboro. The Miss Goldsboro Scholarship Pageant is a preliminary to the Miss North Carolina and Miss America Scholarship pageants. The event will be held at Wayne...

Diabetes mall walk set for Tuesday

Members of the Epsilon Phi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority are inviting people to join them in the "Million Challenge," on Tuesday for Diabetes Alert Day. The walk will be held at Berkeley Mall from 5:30 to...

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Crime not a game, most of the time Two men alledgedly stole 43 DVDs and six Playstation 2 games from the Rosewood WalMart Thursday. A store employee told Goldsboro police that two males took the merchandise into the garden...

Friday, March 18, 2011

Progress Energy equipment on the move this weekend

Motorists who will be traveling along several southern Wayne County roads, including U.S. 117 and U.S. 13, this Saturday and Tuesday need to be prepared to take alternate routes or face possible long delays as Progress Energy begins moving...

County votes again on rezoning request

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday for a second time voted 5-2 to approved a rezoning request by John Harrell for approximately 10 acres of land on the west side of Woodland Church Road near U.S. 13 in Brogden Township. Commissioners Jack...

Murder suspect in court

Derrick Raymont Best could face the death penalty if he is convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 3-year-old Princess Shelby King of Goldsboro. Best, 29, of Mimosa Street, made his first appearance in Wayne...

Norwayne wins title in Battle of the Books

Norwayne Middle School students had their reading and comprehension skills put to the test during the Battle of the Books on Thursday, coming up a winner for the second year in a row. Last year, they also went on...

Miss Wayne Early Middle College

Stacie Dawson, third from left, a senior at Wayne Early/Middle College High School, was recently crowned Miss WEMCHS during the first annual pageant, held March 11. Also pictured from left, junior Karly Derwitz, ambassador, junior Nicole Auman, second runner-up, senior...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

County weighs sales tax hike

A dramatic multimillion-dollar decline in sales tax revenues over the past several years coupled with uncertainty over the future of state lottery funds had county commissioners toying with the idea of a quarter-cent local option sales tax for capital projects...

Board of Health says assisted living facilities need more oversight

There is a need for regulations governing the inspection and reporting at assisted living and adult care homes, Health Director James Roosen says. Since the hepatitis B outbreak that spread to eight residents at GlenCare of Mount Olive last...

LaRoque pushes to make public's right to know law

State Rep. Stephen LaRoque, R-Lenoir, is making open government one of his top priorities this session, and he would like to see it made part of the state constitution. In a bill introduced last month in the House --...

First jets come home

Family and friends gathered at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base to welcome back pilots and weapon systems officers from the 336th Fighter Squadron who had been deployed in Afghanistan. Stephanie Baker kisses her husband, Steve,  after he arrives in Goldsboro...

After tip from television show, man accused of shooting 3-year-old captured

Derrick Raymont Best, wanted for the murder of a 3-year-old girl, was arrested Wednesday night in Greenville, ending a nearly three-week-long search. Best, 29, was discovered in the attic of an apartment after a tip led U.S. marshals to...

Pittman honored for her many efforts supporting downtown

Debbie Pittman of Goldsboro has been recognized as a "Main Street Champion" by the North Carolina Main Street program. Ms. Pittman, who has been heavily involved in promoting downtown Goldsboro, received the award along with 33 other honorees from...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Man pleads in April 2010 charges of dogfighting

A Duplin County man has pleaded guilty to federal dog-fighting charges after an undercover sheriff's investigator purchased a pit bull from him last year. Harry Louis Hargrove of 306 Buck Hill Road pleaded guilty Monday to selling, delivering, possessing,...

Woman is raped after she stops to help man

A 36-year-old Dudley man has been charged with kidnapping and raping a woman after she stopped to give him a ride early Monday off Bill Lane Boulevard. Bobby Ray Grady is being held in the Wayne County Jail under...

Rockets are home

Hailey Skocz stuck her tongue through the empty spaces left when baby teeth were finally lost and started laughing. Her eyes lit up when the "Tooth Fairy" was mentioned -- when her mother, Jennifer, talked about the toys left by...

Church to honor public servants Sunday

The month of March is Community Service Month and First Assembly of God, 3000 Old Summit Road, at 10 a.m., Sunday, will honor people in public service in Goldsboro, including the Goldsboro Police Department, Goldsboro Fire Department, Goldsboro City...

Star gazing

County will lose funds it did not spend

Wayne County stands to lose slightly more than $1 million in annual 911 revenues, not because it has spent too much, but because it did not spend enough money to satisfy the state -- something County Manager Lee Smith said...

Battle of the Books competition to be held Thursday

Middle school students around the county will test their reading skills on Thursday, as Wayne County Public Schools hosts its 25th annual Battle of the Books competition. The quiz bowl-like event pits teams against each other as rounds of questions...

Welcome Home

Service members returned home late Tuesday night to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Several hundred friends and family members were on hand to greet the men and women returning from Afghanistan....

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Local volunteer has a chance to raise $15,000

Rick Sumner might as well start wearing those rabbit ears he was given by the Boys & Girls Club. He's already earned the reputation there of being the resident Energizer Bunny. Sumner, president of Wooten Development Co., was recently named...

Art in the mall

Three-year-old Selah Stanley gets a bird's eye view of artwork on display at Berkeley Mall while at the shopping center with her father, Tom Stanley, who is stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. More than 1,100 exhibits were submitted...

DOT wants to know about plan for roads

Residents in Wayne, Wilson, Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston and Nash counties Wednesday can voice their opinions on the proposed final version of the State Transportation Improvement Plan. The meeting will be held in council chambers on the third floor of...

New program will help add youths to work force

In addition to giving at-risk youths in Wayne County a reason to stay off the streets and out of trouble, Daryl Woodard, executive director and founder of Smart Choices for Youth, is taking advantage of a federal program that...

Monday, March 14, 2011

DGDC rehabs presumed Charles B. Aycock law office

It might have been lost forever -- a 15-by-20-foot "eyesore" located behind the house located at 403 S. William St. But when members of the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. began to research the simple structure, they became determined to save...

Mount Olive eyes changes to several four-way stops

MOUNT OLIVE -- A town committee has recommended that all but two of the town's four-way stops be eliminated and has suggested requiring that any future four-ways must meet state Department of Transportation criteria, which none of them do...

Motorcycle ministry welcomes airmen home

The M25 ministry from First Pentecostal Holiness Church, led by Goldsboro Fire Chief Gary Whaley, recently welcomed home nine airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base returning from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The M25 ministry is a international...

Rezoning request to get third look from officials

Wayne County Commissioners Tuesday will take up several planning-related issues including changes to the procedure used in renaming county roads and a second vote on a rezoning request. An agenda briefing will start at 8 a.m. in the commissioners'...

Students in town to help build Habitat for Humanity houses

About 60 students from four colleges spent their spring break in Wayne County this month, helping work on homes for Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County. "We have hosted students over 15 times hosting during their breaks and we...

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Door knobs taken Goldsboro police are investigating vandalism at a vacant house owned by the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation at 300 S. Virginia St. Police said that someone took the door knobs, valued at $25, off of the front and...

B-52 speaker at Military Round Table on Tuesday

An expert on the crash of a B-52 carrying two thermonuclear bombs in Wayne County 50 years ago will be speaking Tuesday evening at the Wayne County Museum Joel Dobson is a former Air Force officer, and was in...

Schools holding parent workshop Thursday

Wayne County Public Schools will hold a free parent workshop on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the H.V. Brown Center on Poplar Street in Goldsboro. The second annual Title I Spring Parent Workshop will again feature...

Republican Convention

The Republican Convention met Saturday, March 12, 2011 to discuss issues, listen to speakers and make resolutions....

Saturday, March 12, 2011

In Buddy's honor: Brother to perform at fundraiser to fight disease

Growing up, brothers Buddy and Kevin Palaganas shared a passion for music. "We loved jamming together, that was our time," Kevin said. They initially favored percussion instruments, until Kevin reached college and shifted to the classical guitar. "(Buddy) came to...

Rockets set to return Tuesday

Hundreds of members of the 4th Fighter Wing's 336th Rocketeers are expected to return to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Tuesday -- marking the end of a six-month tour at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan -- family members confirmed this weekend. While...

Military couple sought for dream wedding contest

The deadline for Operation Happily Ever After has been extended until April 9 for the opportunity for a free dream wedding for one military couple. Operation Happily Ever After, the brainchild of retired Air Force veterans Wayne and Angie...

Progress Energy ready for transport of big equipment

Periodic traffic delays of anywhere from three to seven hours can be expected along some southern Wayne County roads over the next several months as Progress Energy begins transporting large pieces of equipment to its new $900 million power...

Braswell Lecture scheduled for March 24 at MOC

Linda S. Suggs will be the guest speaker at the 2011 Braswell Lecture at Mount Olive College scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, in the Southern Bank Auditorium. The title of Suggs' presentation will be, "Critical Issues Confronting...

Fremont tests new wastewater spray field

FREMONT -- Fremont officials conducted an initial test Wednesday on a new waste water management system that is expected to save the town nearly $115,000 a year. The new system includes a 43-acre spray field that absorbs treated sewage water...

Wayne Republicans elect leaders, debate issues

Fractures were evident Saturday morning even as Republicans from the national to the county levels were preaching unity at the 2011 Wayne County GOP Convention. More than 200 people gathered at the Wayne Center early Saturday as the party talked...

Basketball benefit to raise money for remodel

With efforts under way to build a new handicap-accessible room for David Burke at his parents' home, the youths of Stoney Creek Free Will Baptist Church are stepping up to help raise funds for the project. On March 19,...

Republicans elect chairman

The Wayne County Republican Party met at the Wayne Center on Saturday, March 12, 2011 to hear speakers, make resolutions and vote for new leadership. Bob Jackson was elected the Wayne County Republican Chairman....

Friday, March 11, 2011

Four people injured in morning blast

An early morning explosion destroyed part of a former motel on U.S. 117 Alternate this morning, sending four people to the hospital. The blast at the former Goldwater Motel, now used as rental dwellings, happened about around 4:15 a.m....

'Singing Policeman' performs tonight at Paramount Theatre

Singer Daniel Rodriguez, known as the "Singing Policeman," will bring his classical voice to Paramount Theatre tonight. Rodriguez's talent was showcased on the national stage following his dynamic renditions of "God Bless America" and "The National Anthem" as a New...

Referendum on horse industry to be Tuesday

Horse and other equine animal owners/lessors will vote across the state Tuesday to determine whether to continue to voluntarily assess themselves $2 per ton of commercial horse feed in order to provide funds to promote the interests of the...

Fugitive to appear on TV show

Derrick Raymont Best, the man accused of killing a 3-year-old girl on Day Circle in February, will be profiled on "America's Most Wanted" Saturday night. The show is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. on Fox Network. Authorities have been...

City man's nephew in Japan when quake hit

When the Original Tabernacle of Prayer For All People congregation comes together this evening on John Street, it will give thanks for the survival of the nephew of one of its ministers. Michael Bell, a professional basketball player, was among...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Chamber president setting sights on basics, then expansion

Just two priorities top the list right now for new Wayne County Chamber of Commerce President Marian Mason, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have big plans for her new employers. It simply means she first wants to make...

City will take second look at cuts for budget

With Goldsboro facing a $500,000 shortfall in the current year's budget, city finance director Kay Scott presented to the City Council a cost-savings proposal at the end of its meeting Monday. Utilizing a portion of the Utility Fund that...

Madeline Edwards will perform with national Honors Ensemble

Wayne County's resident operatic songbird, Madeline Edwards, should be singing a very happy tune these days since being accepted to the state's School of the Arts and chosen for a national choir that will perform at the prestigious Kennedy Center...

Girl Scout cookie sales end Sunday

This weekend will mark the end of the annual Girl Scout cookie sale, and Girl Scouts will be stationed at various cookie booth locations throughout the 41-county area of Girl Scouts -- North Carolina Coastal Pines. To find a...

Neuse Historic Site to host naval living history

KINSTON -- On Saturday, March 12 the CSS Neuse State Historic Site will host naval living history demonstrations along with commemoration ceremonies for both the crew of the Neuse and the United States Colored Troops from Lenoir County. Hours of...

Bentonville getting ready for anniversary March 19-20

FOUR OAKS -- Step back in time to see raw recruits answer the call for volunteers to join the Confederate army in late May 1861, at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site. The program "The Union is Dissolved: Mustering Soldiers off...

Tuscarora Scouts hold fundraiser at Walnut Creek

The Tuscarora Council, Boy Scouts of America recently held its Annual Friends of Scouting Dinner at the Walnut Creek Country Club. More than 200 local Scouting supporters and local business men and community leaders were on hand to lend...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pikeville sore over rates for electricity

PIKEVILLE -- Members of the Pikeville Board of Commissioners expressed frustration over the town's contract with electric service provider ElectriCities at Monday night's board meeting. The issue, which has some Pikeville residents upset over what they consider steep rates for...

Planning Board has to delay effort to rename road

A deadline requirement in the county's secondary road naming ordinance has, at least for the time being, halted efforts to have a northern Wayne County road renamed. It could get back on track, however, if county commissioners agree to amend...

Lottery funds uncertainty worries county

It could be another two months before Wayne County learns the fate of state lottery funds that it has banked on to cover the principal payments on $15 million in federal bonds for major renovation projects at Eastern Wayne and...

Is springtime in the air?

Lynn Smith swings with her son, Keandre Newsome, at Herman Park. Temperatures reached near 60 on Monday and were expected to be in the 60s today, with rain possible tonight. Spring is toying with eastern North Carolina these days, bringing...

The key to their futures

Lutfiyya Portier lifts her arms towards the Kiwanis Key Club "K" while performing with the Goldsboro High School Ensemble during Key Club Night at Wayne Community College on Tuesday. This week has been proclaimed as Key Club Week in Goldsboro...

School board discusses suspensions, bus stops

The Wayne County Board of Education tackled several issues at its Monday night meeting, including student suspension rates, bus stop safety in rural areas and potential drainage problems at Eastern Wayne Middle School. Since joining the board in the fall,...

Johnston takes aim at some gunfire

SMITHFIELD -- Johnston County commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance Monday that will restrict the use of firearms in an attempt to shield county residents from stray gunfire. The law applies to areas outside municipal boundaries but includes extraterritorial jurisdictions....

First ever Miss WEMCHS pageant to be held Thursday in Moffatt Auditorium

Moffatt Auditorium will be the site of the first annual Miss Wayne Early Middle College High School Pageant on Thursday at 7 pm. Nine juniors and seniors will compete. The theme for the event is "Simply Irresistible." Elizabeth Rowe...

Ready to swing into spring

Despite the cloudy skies earlier this week, Billy Hales hits the driving range for the first time this season at Lane Tree Golf Club. With the official start of spring only two weeks away, golfers and other outdoor enthusiasts are...

Mount Olive College, local churches hosting women's conference March 19

Speakers, displays and special music will all be part of special day-long program later this month to help women be the best they can. The HOPE Women's Conference will be held March 19 at Mount Olive College. Sponsored by...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Shooting turns into murder

A Saturday shooting became a murder investigation when the victim, Edward Lee Brewington, 46, died Monday at Pitt Memorial Hospital. Brewington, who was disabled, was found at his home on Mill Dam Lane about 10 p.m. Saturday by Wayne...

Mount Olive, state honor longtime city clerk Arlene Talton

MOUNT OLIVE -- Arlene G. Talton who has served as city clerk here for 46 years Monday night was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine -- the state's highest civilian award for distinguished public service. Mrs. Talton, who...

De-annexation bill gets OK from Senate

Goldsboro city councilmen were largely united in their outrage Monday over legislation filed by state Rep. Efton Sager, R-Wayne, to deannex portions of Goldsboro incorporated into city limits in 2008. The bill, filed last week and co-sponsored by Rep....

Wanted: 27,000 parking spaces by April

In a city where finding enough parking for people attending a show at the Paramount Theatre can be a challenge, one could be forgiven for thinking it impossible to find 27,000 available spaces. But with the 2011 Wings Over...

School board speaks out against charter schools

Wayne County Board of Education drafted and Monday night unanimously approved a resolution opposing Senate Bill 8, No Cap on Charter Schools, citing potential disparities in funding and accountability. Board member Rick Pridgen introduced the resolution in response to reports...

Senate approves change to annexation

RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Senate approved a bill Monday night that would put a moratorium on municipal annexations across the state. The vote was a victory for opponents of annexation, including the residents of the Salem Church Road...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Hospital on the rise

Construction on the new state-of-the-art Cherry Hospital is ahead of schedule, as officials say they are, meanwhile, using the time to create a "new Cherry" internally. Projected completion date for the psychiatric facility is late November 2012, with patients moved...

Two face drug charges after weekend raid

MOUNT OLIVE -- Two men, one from Mount Olive and the other from Faison, are facing a combined total a 13 drug-related charges following a weekend raid. Didymus Jamar-Burl Pearsall, 34, of Beems Street in Mount Olive was arrested...

Goldsboro City Council will discuss House deannexation bill

The Goldsboro City Council will hear from a representative of the North Carolina League of Municipalities today on a bill pending in the Legislature that would rescind the annexation of the Salem Church Road area. The discussion will take...

ABC board targets alcohol sales to minors

An early Sunday morning raid last month at Lamar's Mexican Restaurant in the 700 block of South George Street was developed after law enforcement, including local ABC officials, received complaints about the restaurant. It is that kind of information that...

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Rezoning gets first OK, but commissioners will vote again

Wayne County commissioners split 5-2 this week on approval of a petition to rezone approximately 10 acres in the Mar Mac community. A second reading and vote will be required since the vote was not unanimous. Commissioners Jack Best and...

Earthquake eyewitnesses

Siegfried and Gloria Schaberg of Goldsboro fully anticipated that their New Zealand vacation would be memorable. They didn't expect it to be earth-shaking. "We were driving near the port of Lyttelton," Schaberg said. He and his wife had just finished...

College president keeps eye on budget

Being president of Wayne Community College these days is a study in contrasts, says Dr. Kay Albertson -- enrollment rose sharply as the economy plummeted, while officials meanwhile are keeping a sharp eye on possible budget cuts from the state....

'Most Wanted' joining search for Best

"America's Most Wanted" has joined the effort to find Derrick Raymont Best, the Goldsboro man accused of killing 3-year-old Princess King one week ago at a housing community on Day Circle. "This is the first time that I can...

Duplin manager calls county 'unsustainable'

"Unsustainable." With one word, County Manager Mike Aldridge summed up the situation facing Duplin County. With the county commissioners preparing to begin work on the 2011-12 budget, Aldridge gave his annual State of County address earlier this month, telling...

City is waiting for new leader

Tasha Logan is not yet willing to comment on whether or not she has thrown her name into the running to replace recently departed City Manager Joe Huffman. "I'm not going to say. I would love to tell you,...

WC Cruisers to help pay for hearing

While a sixth-grade social studies teacher at North Johnston Middle School last year, Lee Yahnker of Goldsboro was especially impressed by one of her students. Faith Strickland, now 12 and a seventh-grader, always did her work, was very conscientious...

Senior Games to kick off March 17

A Senior Health Fair will be held March 17 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Herman Park Center. Sponsored by Wayne County Services on aging, the event will feature a raffle that will help kick off the...

State seeking help providing summer meals for children in need

Summer vacation means fun for most kids, but state officials are worried that many children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year may not be getting enough to eat during the summer when school is out....

Closing in on spring

A blooming tree serves as a backdrop for Donnie Tate. Temperatures were up and down all week last week but temperatures remained in the upper 60s over the weekend, though a 100 percent chance of rain is in the forecast...

Being the best he can

With only 15 months at the Fremont Police Department, Rodney Jarman has already made a big impact. The 23-year-old, one of only two full-time officers, received his third official commendation from the department Thursday night for extraordinary service. The formal...

Duplin County's Neuse River Senior Games registration to end March 18

With nice weather coming, seniors in several Eastern Carolina are beginning to prepare for the 2011 Neuse River Senior Games and Silver Arts competition. The Silver Arts and games will be held in New Bern from April 26 through...

Duplin preparing to continue airport work

Efforts to build a new terminal building at the Duplin County airport began last month as the county commissioners signed off efforts to secure funding to replace the building, which was originally built more than 30 years ago. "We're...

Friday, March 4, 2011

Mount Olive honors Schroeder on his retirement

MOUNT OLIVE -- Brenda Schroeder finally got a new pair of bedroom shoes from her husband, Ralph, and it only took him 20 years and his retirement. Schroeder gave her the shoes and she gave him a kiss Thursday as...

County still high on list for syphilis

The syphilis epidemic in Wayne County is not waning -- the county ranks second in the state for rates of primary and secondary cases -- sending officials scrambling to reverse the trend. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services,...

Red Cross chapter kicks off Heroes fundraising campaign

The story of a teen boy whose body was healed with blood donated by people he would never meet is just one example of how the American Red Cross touches its community, volunteers said Thursday during the organization's annual campaign...

Newborn goats killed in fire

Several newborn goats were killed in a fire Thursday night after being born earlier in the day. Grantham Volunteer Fire Department responded to the structure fire in the 300 block of Selah Church Road at 8:27 p.m., Chief Richard...

Thursday, March 3, 2011

WCPS grant to study Neuse

Ninth-grade science students in Wayne County Public Schools are learning about the Neuse River and will have the opportunity to work with aquatic scientists conducting research along the river, officials said. The district has been awarded a three-year grant...

Search results in drug arrest

Investigators with the Goldsboro/Wayne County Drug Squad recovered 22 grams of cocaine and several firearms while executing a search warrant at the home of Francis Ervin Rawson, 38, on Feb. 26. Following the search on Rawson's home in the 300...

Ordinances headed for county's website

Wayne County Commissioners approved the codification of all county ordinances at their meeting Tuesday and said the regulations would soon be posted on the county's website. The board voted to delete three ordinances that have been superseded by state law...

Search continues for Best

Goldsboro police are still asking for the public's help in locating a suspect in the shooting death of a 3-year-old girl on Day Circle. Derrick Ramont Best, 29, is wanted for murder in the Sunday shooting that resulted in the...

WCC nurse aide courses planned

Anyone interested in enrolling in a nurse aide course at Wayne Community College this summer must attend an information session about the registration process. The sessions for Nurse Aide I and II applicants will be held every 30 minutes from...

Energy efficiency seminar planned

A seminar on the adoption of the new energy efficiency residential building standards and building codes will be March 9 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Brown Bag Cafe in the Brick Village. Lunch will be provided by...

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

State and federal cuts could cost Wayne $6-7 million

Wayne County's budget could suffer a $6 million to $7 million hit -- equal to 12-14 cents on the county's property tax rate -- should preliminary state and federal budget cuts become reality. Uncertainty over how the county budget will...

State ALE raids city restaurant

State Alcohol Law Enforcement agents raided a Goldsboro restaurant in February and seized 16 grams of cocaine. Twenty-one people were charged, although only one was charged with drug possession. ALE agents entered Lamar's Mexican Restaurant in the 700 block...

Reading for the record

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." In the inimitable words of Dr. Seuss, reading is the ticket to a brighter, more successful future. It...

Energy standards seminar Tuesday

A seminar on the adoption of the new energy efficiency residential building standards and building codes will be held Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Brown Bag Cafe in the Brick Village. Lunch will be provided by...

March blood drive schedule

The March blood drive schedule for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross: March 3: Southern Wayne High School from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 4: Sam's Club from 1 to 5:30 p.m. March 8: Red Cross...

County to host five rabies clinics

Wayne County Animal Control Director Vicki Falconer Tuesday morning reminded county commissioners of the county's two upcoming rabies clinics for cats and dogs. "The owner of any dog or cat over four months of age must have the animal...

Bell retires as police chief

Chief Tim Bell officially retired from the Goldsboro Police Department on Tuesday after nearly 30 years of service. Bell said hard work and serving alongside dedicated officers allowed him to rise through the ranks of the department, a ride...

World War II ace dies at age 88

A World War II ace -- a man who characterized himself, just a few months ago, as one of the "grandfathers" of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's 4th Fighter Wing -- died Tuesday. Frank Speer, who is credited with...

Inspired by nuts and bolts

Michael Spears was helping perfect the arm of Karen the robot. As it raised up and down, it kept knocking into another part -- a major disappointment for the team of nine building the mechanical contraption. Eventually, the kink...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Project Connect receives $600,000

Wayne County is one of five communities in the state slated to receive nearly $600,000 in state funding this spring designed to expand and enhance services currently available to young pregnant or parenting teens. Project Connect: Communities Supporting Young Families...

For the children

Isaiah Strozier, a member of the Whitley Mime Ministry, mimes the pain a child feels when he or she is abused during the Life L.I.G.H.T.S. for Children event at the Berkeley Mall. The event sponsored by Wayne County for Children...

County cancels school facilities meeting

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners today canceled a planned meeting with the county Board of Education on Wednesday after learning that school board members were not planning on attending. The meeting had been called for by the commissioners to...

Police searching for suspect

Goldsboro police are continuing their efforts to locate Derrick Raymont Best, the man suspected in the shooting that killed 3-year-old Princess Shelby King. Sgt. Dwayne Dean said help from community residents will be crucial to finding the suspect. "We are...

Wilson County boy dies from air rifle shots

STANTONSBURG -- A Wilson County boy was killed Friday night when his younger brother shot him with an air rifle. According to published reports, Alejandro Mejia, 7, died at Wilson Medical Center after the incident in which his 4-year-old...

Legislators could take new look at controversial annexation case

State Rep. Efton Sager, R-Wayne, is once again trying to deannex the Buck Swamp and Falling Brook areas that were brought into Goldsboro in 2008. "It's the same bill I put in back in 2009 that was never heard...

Gonzalez to undergo surgery Wednesday

Gaspar Gonzalez, longtime advocate for Hispanics and former Democratic Party chair in Wayne County, will have surgery Wednesday for injuries sustained during a fall in late December. Gonzalez was transferred to a VA medical center in Virginia last month after...

Arts Council to hold advocacy workshop

The Arts Council of Wayne County will have a free arts advocacy workshop Thursday at 5:30 p.m. "Economic conditions of the past two years changed life as we knew it, and through it all, the arts have been essential...

Clover programs

Clovers can save money. Clovers improve the sustainability of cattle and horses and other livestock pasture and hay systems. Clovers reduce or eliminate nitrogen fertilizer requirements. Clovers also improve the nutrition of the pasture and the performance of the...

Public record

Man shoots intruder According to a police report, a 62-year-old man shot another man in the stomach with a shotgun after he was assaulted at his own front door. The elderly man was choked by the man who came to...