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Friday, April 29, 2011

Junior Livestock Hog Show held Thursday

Perhaps they were rattled by the possibility of having to flee the ring quickly to avoid the severe weather making its way toward Wayne County. Or maybe they were stricken by the nerves that can accompany performing in front of...

Police take to roof for Special Olympics

Dwayne Bevell of the Goldsboro Police Department has worked to raise money and support for the Special Olympics for nearly eight years by participating in the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. This year Bevell is for...

Festival lineup includes a little bit of everything 'pickle'

MOUNT OLIVE -- There will be so much to dill-light in during this weekend's 25th annual North Carolina Pickle Festival that people might not have any idea as where to start. But here's a clue: "You are never too old...

Hog show winners

Senior Hog Showmanship: * First Place -- Marisa Linton * Second Place -- Alec Linton * Third Place -- Avery Faulkner * Fourth Place -- Dylan Jacobs * Fifth Place -- Madisen Barwick Junior Hog Showmanship: * First Place --...

MS Walk to be Saturday at Herman Park

Organizers are expecting more than 250 people to take part in the Goldsboro Walk MS on Saturday at Herman Park. The walk, which begins at 10 a.m. with registration at 9 a.m., raises money for the National MS Society,...

100-mile cancer walk starts Saturday

Dr. Jim Atkins is prepared to walk more than a mile in his cancer patients' shoes this weekend, if it means raising money that will benefit them. Atkins, who opened Southeastern Medical Oncology Center in Goldsboro in 1990 and has...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wayne County Livestock Association Junior Livestock Show and Sale

SHOWMANSHIP AWARDS Senior Goat Showmanship 1st Place - Marisa Linton, 17 2nd Place - Elizabeth Rowe, 18 3rd Place - Avery Faulkner, 18 4th Place - Alec Linton, 14 5th Place - Amanda Wheaton, 15 Junior Goat Showmanship 1st Place...

Arts grant rides on city's decision

The $200,000 grant the city received to bring the Arts Council of Wayne County downtown may hinge on another city decision: whether to buy the Arts Council's current building. The city signed a provisional contract to buy the building...

Wayne County youth show off best at annual livestock show

Keep eye contact with the judge. Stay relaxed. Know your animal. These fundamentals were drilled into the young exhibitors who showed their goats and calves during the 63rd Wayne County Junior Livestock Show and Sale Wednesday evening. Nearly 40...

Tornado Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for a number of central and eastern North Carolina counties, including Wayne, until 2 p.m. A strong band of thunderstorms is making its way northeastward from the Fayetteville area....

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Eaters to be in Mount Olive Saturday for Big A Challenge

MOUNT OLIVE -- This weekend's 25th annual North Carolina Pickle Festival may belong to the pickle, but for a brief time -- possibly less than four minutes -- center stage on Saturday will belong to massive cheeseburgers and the...

Kinston also benefits from downtown grant

Downtowns are getting a facelift in the county seats of Wayne and Lenoir counties thanks to the Main Street Solutions Fund. The Pride of Kinston, Kinston's downtown development organization, will receive $200,000 to revitalize its downtown area through renovations...

Libraries to sell books Friday through Sunday

The Friends of the Wayne County Public Library Spring Book Sale will be held Friday through Sunday in the Gertrude Weil Auditorium at the main library, 1001 East Ash St. Sale hours Saturday will 9 a.m. to 5 p.m....

Public record

$7,000 in damage and theft of A/C A resident of the 300 block or Bright Street reported to Goldsboro police that unknown subject(s) broke apart an outside central heating and air condition unit and removed the motor valued at $2,000,...

Wayne County Planning Board hold special meeting to approve plat

It took the Wayne County Planning Board less than five minutes Wednesday afternoon during a special session to recommend approval of a preliminary plat for 19 lots on Dollard Town Road in New Hope Township. It was the second...

Annexation pushed to back burner

The budget battles being fought in Raleigh have pushed deliberation on a number of other bills to the backburner, including House Bill 196 which, if approved, would de-annex the Fallingbrook and Buck Swamp areas, known as Phase 11, from...

Arts Council gets $200,000 grant

In November 2010, the Arts Council of Wayne County made public its intentions to find a new home. A month later, the Department of Commerce announced it would again be offering grants to member institutions with ideas on how...

Who closed Park Avenue?

In contrast to Councilman Chuck Allen's explanation at the City Council's April 18 meeting, former Parks and Recreation Director Ruben Wall said not only did he not request that the Park Avenue roundabout be closed, but that the gates...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Public record

An officer with Goldsboro police was dispatched to AAA Mini Storage on Industry Court around 7 p.m. Saturday in reference to a 40-year-old woman living in a storage unit. According to the report, the officer arrived on the scene...

Wayne County Junior Livestock Show and Sale

The Wayne County Livestock Association will sponsor its annual Junior Livestock Show and Sale this week at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. On Wednesday, events will start at 8 a.m. with the weigh-in of animals to be shown. A livestock...

Brothers team up for annual Junior Livestock Show and Sale

Brothers Dylan and Cole Jacobs have more than 20 years experience showing animals in the Wayne County Junior Livestock Show and Sale, which makes the boys veterans at the ripe ages of 18 and 12, respectively. Older brother Dylan...

Wayne Special Olympian bowlers reach nationals

Special Olympics Wayne County has had its first unified bowling team attend a national competition. For years, the organization has operated an impressive program that prepares athletes to compete locally right up to state, national and worldwide events. This year,...

Donations sought for WWII veterans trip to D.C.

A local group working to provide a trip to Washington, D.C., for older veterans to visit the World War II monument is looking for donations to help with expenses. The Wayne County Hub of Triangle Flight of Honor is...

Monday, April 25, 2011

Family Y to be part of health initiative

Goldsboro Family Y, partnering with the Wayne County Health Department, has been chosen to participate in Pioneering Healthier Communities, an effort to promote healthier lifestyles in the community. The YMCA was one of 16 in the nation, two in...

Pickle parking rules change

MOUNT OLIVE -- People attending this weekend's 25th annual North Carolina Pickle Festival who don't want to end up in a pickle are being reminded of new parking restrictions. With more limited parking than in the past, people are...

Tobacco time

Wayne County farmer Shelton Lewis, left, walks behind his eight-row tobacco planter Saturday morning in a field off Emmaus Church Road. Shelton and his father, Butch Lewis, tend the farm together. Tobacco remains one of Wayne County's chief crops,...

Jackson & Sons recognized by state for civic involvement

DUDLEY -- Jackson & Sons has been recognized at the state level for its outstanding partnerships with Wayne Community College and the local community. The "Distinguished Partners for Excellence" award was presented during the N.C. Community College System's annual "Excellence...

Archer named North Carolina's top volunteer director

Donna Archer didn't start out with aspirations to be responsible for a group of volunteers, but it's turned out to be her calling. Mrs. Archer was recently named first recipient of the Outstanding Volunteer Director for North Carolina by the...

Career Day

Cody Adams, left, and Benita Campbell, students at Wayne Middle High Academy, talk with Ray Batten of Wayne Community College about educational programs and career opportunities Monday during a career exploration day at the school. The Continental Society hosted...

Public record

Goldsboro police have investigated several incidents of thefts: *On the 600 block of Pine Street, Shelton Sutton reported the theft of a $100 cell phone, $80 GPS, $200 radio and 4180 tool set from an unsecured vehicle. *Copper tubing valued...

2011 Pickle Pageant court

The members of the 2011 Pickle Pageant court are, front row, from left, Mini Miss True Carmichael, Junior Miss Devin Whillhite, Mini Majestic Gabriella Grudier, Overall Magestic Kyndall Westerbeek,  Little Miss Cassie Scott and Tiny Miss Blair Sarvis. On...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Architect hiring for library is delayed

MOUNT OLIVE -- Selection of an architect for a new library here has been halted, at least for the next 30 days, while the county awaits word on local legislation that would allow the use of design/build for the library...

Prize hunt

Hannah Elizabeth Dawson, 7, of Goldsboro, struggles to pop open an Easter egg she collected during the Eggstravaganza Saturday morning in Herman Park....

Joe (and Michael's) gift

PIKEVILLE -- It has been eight years since Sandi and Mike Lugo lost two of their three children in a car accident. They still miss them every day. While the tragedy of losing their children will never be erased from...

Wayne County Health Department program receives honors

Wayne County Health Department has been recognized for its efforts to promote a healthier start for babies and mothers -- breastfeeding. Two awards were recently received from the N.C. Breastfeeding Coalition, the Breastfeeding Friendly Business Award and Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace...

Jail number dropping

The inmate population at Wayne County Detention Center recently dropped to 180 inmates, a remarkable low point, county officials say, since the population climbed to 250 in early February. Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones said the population decrease is...

Farm equipment will be on display at fairgrounds as part of show

The days of small tractors tilling and plowing the land might be gone, but the Eastern Carolina Vintage Farm Equipment Club aims to keep the tractors running and the memories fresh. Club President Larry Lassiter said reminding the public...

City report keeps tabs on water

When the city sends its drinking water report to its water customers each year along with their monthly bill, it's often just tossed aside as trash. With more than half a dozen tables and words like "turbidity" and "trihalo-methanes"...

Commissioners decide against changing name of local roadway

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning declined to change the name of Harper Ham Road after members of the Ham family spoke against the change during a public hearing. No one spoke in favor of the change. The county had...

Mount Olive College sets date for 57th Spring Commencement

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College will graduate approximately 350 students at its 57th spring commencement on Saturday, May 7, at 2 p.m. in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena. Commencement speaker will be the Dr. Kay Albertson,...

Southern Bank's Gipson recognized

Dene Gipson, customer service representative in Mount Olive, was honored as Division I CSR of the Year at Southern Bank's Annual Best Bankers Event held in Myrtle Beach, S.C., recently. Mrs. Gipson is a graduate of Rosewood High School. She...

Pickles take center stage at festival

MOUNT OLIVE -- Residents are preparing for what could be a six-fold increase in the town's population this Saturday as the town pays homage to all things pickle during the 25th annual North Carolina Pickle Festival. Sponsored by the...

Strawberry plucking

Shaakira Newkirk, 11, helps her cousin Keronwie Leftdwrige, 13, pick strawberries Saturday at the Elroy Farm Market on U.S. 70 East. Warm temperatures have led the plants to ripen and fields not damaged by recent hailstorms are full of...

Tree planting

Representatives from Meadow Lane Elementary School fourth-grade classrooms Mason Britt, Anansi Stephens, Anthony G. King Jr., Sojourner Young, Taylor Gaspard and Zyru Webb plant a shrub, adding to a garden outside the school building. The shrub was planted to...

Junior Livestock Show and Sale this week

The Wayne County Livestock Association will sponsor its annual Junior Livestock Show and Sale this week at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Pens will be set up Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, events will start at 8 a.m. with...

GATEWAY weighs moving personnel

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority is asking county commissioners to take on GATEWAY personnel as county employees as another step in not only restructuring the transit system, but making it a quasi-county department. If commissioners go along with the plan,...

Daniels and Daniels, architect Hobbs honored for work at Fort Macon

The North Carolina Department of Administration and the State Construction Office awarded the Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Project Implementation for projects over $5,000,000 to Daniels and Daniels Construction Co., and Hobbs Architects, P.A. The awards were presented at...

Diapering for the record books

Kate Burt from Rhode Island was in Goldsboro this weekend to spend some time with her grandchildren before their dad is deployed to Korea next week. "I came down to visit and go to an Easter egg hunt," she said....

Central HS/EWHS alumni homecoming May 27-29

Central/Eastern Wayne Alumni & Friends will observe its 39th annual homecoming May 27-29. Central classes of 1941, 1951 and 1961 and the Eastern Wayne classes of 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011 will be honored. The banquet will be held...

Friday, April 22, 2011

Three men sought in scams

Warrants have been issued by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office for three men believed to have been involved a vinyl siding scam. A videotape of the men at the home of an 86-year-old woman has been circulating and lawmen said...

Wayne County Schools announces district's 2011 Volunteer of the Year

Jerome Tan sat quietly and politely as Wayne County Public Schools' Superintendent Steve Taylor prepared Thursday afternoon to introduce the district's volunteer of the year. He had already received his plaque for the individual honor at North Drive Elementary School...

Rosewood honors military children

Lt. Col. Ron Stallings may have been decorated with some of the Army's highest awards, including the Bronze Star and numerous commendations, but as a father he is also keenly aware of the effects that deployments and multiples moves can...

Charges added in credit card fraud case

The three people charged earlier his month for credit card fraud have been charged with more offenses by Goldsboro police. Joanta Scarlett, 22, Duane Anderson, 21, and Anessa Niranjan, 18, all from out of state and, at times, working...

Public record

Reward offered The U.S. Postal Service is putting up a reward of up to $25,000 following an attempted armed robbery and a armed robbery of a Wayne County postal carrier. The same carrier was involved in both incidences that occurred...

Woman wins $50,000 in lottery

ShaQuanya Hutcherson became Goldsboro's newest big winner in the North Carolina Education Lottery when she claimed her $50,000 prize from playing "Jumbo Bucks," an instant scratch-off game. The area's big winner remains David Gurley who claimed $129,902 when he matched...

LaGrange native is Meredith president

After an "exhaustive, deliberate and inclusive" nationwide search for the next president of Meredith College, the choice came down to a LaGrange native and alumna of the college. Officials earlier this week named Dr. Jo Allen, 53, the eighth president...

Host families sought for foreign students

STS Foundation, a non-profit student exchange organization based in Scottsdale, Ariz., is looking for families in the Goldsboro area to host international high school exchange students who would like to study here during the 2011-2012 school year. The program is...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Eight high-schoolers headed to Governor's School this summer

Eight Wayne County high school students have been accepted to attend the 2011 Governor's School of North Carolina sessions this summer. Governor's School, founded in 1963 by former Gov. Terry Sanford, is the oldest statewide summer residential program for...

Jail cost bill advances

Legislation that would push inmates serving time for misdemeanors into local jails instead of state prisons has passed its second reading in the state House and has been referred to the Appropriations Committee. Local officials have said the move...

Public record

Vehicles broken into during HS baseball game Five vehicles were broken into while parked at Southern Wayne High School during an evening baseball game. The vehicles were broken into between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. by the suspect or suspects...

City considers downtown recruiter

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation mission of bringing businesses downtown might take on a more deliberate approach if plans continue for a new business recruiter position that was discussed at the City Council's April 4 meeting. The position has...

Goldsboro Police Department foils stolen credit card ring

Three people have been charged by Goldsboro police for using stolen credit card numbers to make purchases of more than $12,000 at area retailers. Jaonta Scarlett, 22, of New York, and Kevin Duane Anderson, 21, of Delaware, have each...

Fremont approves new bingo hall

FREMONT -- The Fremont Town Board of Aldermen approved rezoning and a permit for a beach bingo business at its meeting Monday. The bingo hall would be located at 101 Wilson St. in downtown Fremont. Town Administrator Kerry McDuffie...

Wayne County Reads not worried about effect of controversy

Organizers with Wayne County Reads are watching closely as the book the group's 2010 campaign was based around has come under fire following a "60 Minutes" report Sunday. However, Matt Shaw, a member of the organizing committee since Reads...

Water for Japan

Teachers Kim Thomas and Darrell Williams and students Kaylie Baker, Mical Mooring, Gerardo Isla-Lopez and Macie Cuddington count water bottles collected at Northwest Elementary School. Ms. Thomas' second grade class spearheaded an effort to collect donations of water bottles...

Voting opens for Obama speech

Online voting begins today to help determine whether Wayne Early/Middle College High School moves closer to getting President Barack Obama as its graduation speaker next month. The school is the only one from N.C. and one of six nationwide finalists...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wayne eyes changes in population

Wayne County's population growth of 9,288 and shifts in what areas of the county they live in means that three of county's six voting districts will have to give up residents, while the other three will need to add more...

Local volunteers honored for contributions to county

Caroline Bone didn't know much about Alzheimer's, but she could see how it changed people at the nursing home where she volunteers, especially one older man she would push up and down the halls for hours on end and coax...

Red Cross asking for donations

The storms that ravaged eastern North Carolina over the weekend left a path of destruction that spared much of Wayne County, and that, Chuck Waller of the local chapter of the American Red Cross, is why residents in Goldsboro...

Memory tree

The last time Midge Linnevers and Tommy Gibson met near the intersection of Center Street and Spruce, they left a willow oak half their size on a nearby green. "It was just a seedling," said Gibson, who, back in 1973,...

Teen tackles social issues at high school

DUDLEY -- Robert Boyette has always had a passion for making a difference. After watching the MTV program, "If You Really Knew Me" -- a reality show about teen subcultures and cliques in high school -- and attending a...

City sets date for hearings on proposed redistricting map

Goldsboro City Council determined a date for the redistricting public hearing during its work session Monday evening. The hearing will be during the May 2 council meeting in City Hall at 7 p.m. and will allow for public input into...

Government offices closing for Easter

Federal offices, the post office and banks will not close for the Easter holiday, but state, county and municipal offices will. The city of Goldsboro will observe the Good Friday holiday this Friday. All services, including trash pickup, scheduled...

Group out to set mass diaper change record

If you're a baby in Wayne County and show up at Herman Park Center on Saturday, rest assured -- a change is gonna come. At noontime, the Real Diaper Circle of Wayne County will attempt to break the Guinness...

Children's center gets icy reception

Two children's entertainment complexes have been proposed within the city limits as two land owners have filed for conditional use permits with the Planning Commission. The commission will make its recommendations at the May 2 City Council meeting, but...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Cherry Hospital thanks its volunteers, hands out awards

Despite the announcement earlier this month that Cherry Hospital again faces federal sanctions, its director said he remains very proud of the hospital's efforts and progress. Director Philip Cook chose to share some of his sentiments during the annual...

Citizens gather to speak on street closing

When Mayor Al King pounded the gavel to begin Monday's City Council meeting, the chambers were packed with nearly 70 additional citizens who turned out for public hearings on issues ranging from the proposed Park Avenue closing to the...

Network is open to take donations for victims

The North Carolina Community Foundation has activated its statewide Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts related to the April 16 tornadoes and storms that created devastation in more than 20 counties in the central and eastern regions of...

Arts Council building needs many repairs

A preliminary report given to the City Council at Monday night's work session indicates the building the city was considering buying for its proposed Air Force museum will require extensive repairs to windows and the overall structure of the...

Public record

Stolen, loaded firearm found at convenience store A stolen .40 Smith and Wesson firearm was found at Madison Meat Market in the 600 block of North Madison Avenue Sunday night. The handgun was loaded and found in box of...

Students charged with Southern Wayne threats

DUDLEY -- Two female students at Southern Wayne High School have been charged by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office for making bomb threats at the school between April 7 and April 15. Deja Monique Dyson, 16, and Brittany Magalene...

Members of elite corps gather to remember, celebrate brotherhood

They have watched history unfold -- standing at attention next to the president of the United States. And this past weekend, four members of the Presidential Honor Guard reunited in Wayne County to remember their service as part of...

Tornado aftermath: Greene County battles back

SNOW HILL -- A community that had been looking forward to groundbreaking ceremonies this Thursday for a new intermediate school is now faced with the daunting task of rebuilding a school destroyed by a tornado that left an estimated...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Wings Over Wayne Sunday

After a delay due to weather on Saturday, thousands came to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Sunday for Wings Over Wayne 2011....

Episcopal bishop holds services in Newton Grove

The Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori was in the most humble of venues yesterday as she presided over a Palm Sunday Service at Iglesia Episcopal La Sagrada Familia outside Newton Grove. Ms. Schori's visit to the congregation, whose sanctuary...

What happened to the jet?

Sunday's air show crowd was treated to an extra performance by the Air Force Thunderbirds after an in-flight emergency cut their act short. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base officials confirmed that one of the jets was forced to land --...

County to hold public hearing on codification

Wayne County commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday morning on their plans to codify the county's ordinances -- a first step to making the ordinances available online. Currently each ordinance stands on its own and codifying simply means they...

Take 2: This time with sun

Addison Marsh was caught off-guard when four members of the Air Force Thunderbirds streaked overhead from behind her. "It scared me," the 7-year-old said, searching the skies for the air show headliners with one hand blocking the sun. "They snuck...

Boy's body found near local bridge

The body of 10-year-old drowning victim Henry Javregui was found by a search team around 8:30 a.m. Saturday, ending a six-day search. The boy drowned while fishing April 10 with his father and brother near Hardy Bridge over the...

Wayne dodges worst of Saturday storm

Wayne and Duplin counties appear to have escaped the worst of Saturday's tornado-producing storms, with only minor damages and no injuries reported. However, Greene County suffered major damage to a number of buildings and 10 people were taken to the...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Thunderbirds perform special show for Make-A-Wish guests

His eyes and mouth wide open, Dimitri Streit slapped the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base flight line and began to laugh. "Thunderbirds. Thunderbirds," he screamed, pointing toward the sky. "Go. Go. Yay." The 4-year-old was among dozens of children who,...

WCC student helping clean up after quake, tsunami in Japan

Amber-Jolene Parish won't be attending her graduation ceremony at Wayne Community College next month because she's busy with clean-up efforts after the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It's been an "interesting last few weeks," said the student in the...

Residents watched clouds swirl, hail, but no real damage in county

Local officials used words like "lucky" and "blessed" Saturday night after a line of storms moved through North Carolina causing a trail of damage, but largely leaving Wayne County untouched. "I've got some reports of tornados, but nothing confirmed yet,"...

Making his wish come true

Katie Henry remembers when teachers used to worry about her little boy. "They called me and said he wouldn't talk -- that all he would do is make these sounds," she said. "They really thought something was wrong with him."...

Winds shut down show

Marisa Polk only had a few seconds to make a critical decision. "I didn't know whether to hold my hair to keep the wind from blowing it in my face or cover my ears," the 11-year-old said, moments after an...

Leap of Faith

"Do you mind if I curse?" It was my only response after United States Army Golden Knight Joe Abeln finished his final instructions for our tandem skydive Friday. We'd already gone over what to expect and how everything was going...

Hal Plonk Disability Awareness Walk to be held downtown May 4

The 15th annual Hal Plonk Disability Awareness Walk, sponsored by Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilies, will be held Wednesday, May 4, starting with registation at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 204 E. Chestnut St. at 9:30 a.m. The...

Grantham fifth-grader preparing for career in show biz

When Rayce Gibson was barely a toddler, he was already showing signs of becoming a performer. The fifth-grader at Grantham School remembers when his taste for the arts began. "I watched a musical called 'Cats.' I was interested in,...

Pickle Festival planning continuing

MOUNT OLIVE -- The first of several pre-events leading into the 25th annual North Carolina Pickle Festival to be held April 29-30 and May 1 got under way Friday. The Mount Olive Rotary Club/Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce...

Man shot during fight at strip club

A Mount Olive man is recovering at Pitt Memorial Hospital after being shot at a Wayne County strip club this weekend. Officials said Brandon Casey Manuel is in fair condition after he was involved in an altercation inside Teasers...

Indictments released by Grand Jury

The Wayne County Grand Jury handed down 103 true bills in April. Of the true bills, 62 individuals were indicted, including nine habitual felons. Of the charges, 96 were theft, burglary- or fraud-related; 45 were drug-related; and at least 19...

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Golden Knights Jump

Chief Photographer Michael Betts jumps with the United States Army Golden Knights....

Tornados touch down in Wayne County

Raw footage of the  thunderstorm and reported tornado that touch down in Wayne County outside of Mount Olive....

Friday, April 15, 2011

916th refuels jets that are bringing Thunderbird pilot back home

When the 916th Air Refueling Wing rendezvoused with the Air Force Thunderbirds somewhere over Arkansas Thursday afternoon to refuel the jets on their way to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the crew likely didn't realize they were also escorting...

Acts will fly when weather allows

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base officials will not cancel the first day of the Wings Over Wayne Air Show and Open House due to the threat of severe thunderstorms, but should the rain start falling, acts will likely be kept...

Fish fry day

Owen Jackson, left, and George Woods prepare the batter for frying at the Wayne County Shrine Club's fish fry this morning at Herman Park Center. The event is designed to raise money for the club's charitable causes, including the...

Teacher of the Year gets ride with famed Thunderbirds crew

Scott Hardy has had quite a year. From being named Wayne County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, the Spring Creek High School history teacher and his wife, Skyler, are expecting their third child in August and have just learned...

Officials hope for new bus routes in Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- A bus route linking key locations throughout town and to existing GATEWAY stops here is a major concern as work continues on a comprehensive transportation plan for the town, officials said this week. While the finished plan...

Wings Over Wayne schedule

* 8 a.m. -- Gates Open to the Public * 10:30 a.m. -- Aerial Performances - Golden Knights/Star Spangled Banner - 4-Ship Fly-by - Matt Chapman - Sky Soldiers - Combined Arms Demo - Rob Holland - MIG-17 Demo -...

Public record

Mexican eatery broken into El Korita on Berkeley Boulevard was the scene of breaking and entering between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wednesday. Over $700 in property damaged occurred and the suspect(s) made off with $300 in cash, according...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Aerobatic flier will perform feats at weekend's Wings Over Wayne

EDITOR'S NOTE: Staff writer Gary Popp actually took a flight with Rob Holland, one of the pilots scheduled to perform in this weekend's Wings Over Wayne Air Show. Before stepping into the rather smallish-looking MX-2 airplane, I was given a...

Public record

Copper removed from home Approximately $1,000 worth of copper piping from beneath a home on Andrews Drive. According the police report filed Tuesday, the suspect(s) gained access by entering through a crawl space. Kentucky fried theft More than $400...

Southern Wayne receives three bomb threats in week

Three bomb-threat hoaxes have stopped classes at Southern Wayne High School in the past week. Classes were interrupted, and the school was evacuated following each of the threats made on April 7, 12 and 13. The break in class...

Two city pools get thousands in repair work

Goldsboro residents could soon have two pools available for their use. City Council approved contracts for renovation and rehabilitation of the Mina Weil Park and Peacock Park pools during a special meeting of the council at noon on Tuesday....

New lines are drawn

A week after informing the Goldsboro City Council that the 2010 census indicated that the city's election districts would need to be redrawn, Planning Director Randy Guthrie presented a first draft of the new maps to the council. Guthrie's...

Circus delights

The Cole Bros. Circus is at the Wayne Regional Fairgrounds today. The circus, which features Guatemala's Flying Poonce's, dog acts, tiger acts, a brigade of clowns and much more, will hold shows today at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Elephant rides,...

Have you seen this suspect in town?

Officials with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's cooperation in providing information on the whereabouts of suspects of a recent robbery at the residence of an 86-year-old Rosewood woman. Photos and video were captured by...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Student Voices

The Elementary School Chorus performs Tuesday night during the All-County Choral Festival at Goldsboro High School. The students were selected to perform based on their talent and work ethic. Nearly 300 students from across Wayne County represented their schools...

Kindergarten registration Friday

Wayne County Public Schools will hold its kindergarten pre-registration day on Friday at all 15 elementary schools from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. A child must be five years old on or before Aug. 31 to register for kindergarten...

Mother worried about runaway son

Lashonda Whitfield is searching for her 14-year-old son who left their home on April 4. Her son, Montico Whitfield, is a seventh-grader at Dillard Middle School. Ms. Whitfield said she has not seen or heard from Montico in the...

Teens urged to drive safely

A program to promote safe driving will be presented at several area high schools as a preventive measure against teen deaths in car accidents. VIP for a VIP program -- Vehicle Injury Prevention for a Very Important Person --...

WCC student artwork in exhibit for community colleges in Raleigh

Artwork from three Wayne Community College students has been chosen as part of the 2011 North Carolina Community Colleges Art Exhibition, now on display in Raleigh. The pieces and their creators are "It's What You See," a black and...

Applications are in for new city manager

The city made progress toward hiring a permanent city manager Tuesday during a special noon meeting of the City Council. Following its regular business, including discussion of the initial draft of the city's election redistricting, the council moved into...

Girl, 11, hit by car while waiting for bus

An 11-year-old girl was listed in good condition at Wayne Memorial Hospital this morning after being hit by a car while waiting for a school bus. Christina Wade, a fourth-grader at Northeast Elemen-tary, was standing in the front yard...

Author shares 'hometown' stories

Although most of her stories are not set in Goldsboro or eastern North Carolina, author Moira Crone says she relies heavily on her memories of growing up here when she writes. Growing up on the corner of Beech and...

City is moving forward on new sewer

Even though a de-annexation bill sits in committee at the General Assembly, Goldsboro is following through on its commitment to provide sewer service to the region known as Phase XI, which includes the Buck Swamp and Fallingbrook areas. House...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Public record

Reported copper thefts *A man reported to authorities on Thursday that 30 feet of copper gas lines were cut from gas tanks to bulk barns on his father's property on Van Smith Road in Seven Springs. *A man on...

New Bern homeschool group looking for balloon

A group of students from the Riverbend Baptist Homeschool co-op are looking for help from people in Wayne County. The New Bern area students launched a weather balloon this past Thursday into near space as part of a science...

Search continues for missing boy swept away by Neuse River water

KINSTON -- Authorities continued to search today for the body of 10-year-old Henry Javregui after the boy drowned Sunday in the Neuse River in western Lenoir County. Search teams from several counties are involved in the search, using sonar...

Two local blood sponsors recognized at regional luncheon

Charles B. Aycock High School and Wayne Memorial Hospital were two local blood drive sponsors recognized at an awards luncheon last week in Wilmington. They were among eight sponsors who received awards for their blood drives in 2010. The...

United Church Ministries holds annual Walk for Hunger

The 28th annual Walk for Hunger was held by United Church Ministries on Sunday. More than 200 walkers and runners came from 19 member churches. Lee Lamb of Salem United Methodist Church ran the distance in 36 minutes. Mark and...

Burger restaurant changes name to prepare for national expansion

MOUNT OLIVE -- Andy's Burgers Shakes and Fries, known for its unique mixture of 1950s decor and employees who run to open the doors as they greet customers, will get a new name as the company moves outside the borders...

Early fire destroys Belfast building

Fire destroyed the old Belfast school gymnasium on U.S. 117 North early this morning. The gym has not been occupied since 2009, when it served as Belfast Academy. The Wayne County Public School system had been using it for storage....

Dancing with Stars brings in $77,000

By all accounts, Dancing Stars of Wayne County was a huge success. Judges' scores and both online and in-person votes the night of the March 26 event were all tallied, with Tyler Barwick, president of Mount Olive Area Chamber of...

Mayor defends $50,000 for air show

Mayor Al King knows there are those who have scoffed at the city's decision to contribute $50,000 toward the Wings Over Wayne Air Show scheduled for this weekend. But King says the investment will bring long-term payoffs for the...

A message for the president

A few weeks ago, Stormie Holish and Ashton Tygart were content to be on the sidelines at Wayne Early/Middle College High School. That was before their video -- aimed at getting President Barack Obama to speak at graduation ceremonies next...

Monday, April 11, 2011

Church offers service members place for fellowship, and help

Bishop Terry Hayes' years of military service have left him with a deep understanding and appreciation of what places like a Christian Servicemen's Center can mean to military personnel who are far from home. "It is as important as it...

County says cost shift will force tax increase

Wayne County taxpayers could see their tax bills almost double in one year should state lawmakers go along with financial shifts as detailed in the governor's budget proposal that would force counties to raid their fund balances to survive that...

Medical complex planned for area

A new medical office complex has been approved for construction, with Wayne Memorial Hospital preparing to recruit and staff the facility with primary care doctors and psychiatrists. Early last month, the city council approved the site landscape and building elevation...

Price named to Journalism Hall of Fame

CHAPEL HILL -- For a moment, it was as if Gene Price had been transported to the corner office where he hosted thousands of conversations with neighbors, colleagues and community leaders -- like he was back in his element, among...

Search, rescue groups hunt for missing child

KINSTON -- Authorities were still searching early today for the body of a 10-year-old boy who apparently drowned Sunday in the Neuse River in western Lenoir County. Henry Javregui, a student at West Greene Central Middle School, was fishing...

Pikeville looks to trim costs

PIKEVILLE -- Johnny Weaver is a lifelong resident of Pikeville who became its mayor in 2009. He says operating a small town is complicated but that Pikeville's elected officials work hard to satisfy the people who put them in...

Sunday, April 10, 2011

WEMCHS finalist in bid for Obama

Wayne Early/Middle College High School is one of six public high schools in the country vying for the chance to have President Obama speak at graduation. The White House and the U.S. Department of Education announced Friday its list of...

Churches question Mount Olive College practices

Faced with a resolution that would split their denomination over the policies and practices of Mount Olive College, a group of area Original Free Will Baptist ministers is holding a series of meetings beginning Monday to address the issues...

Pig in the Park

The Kearney family of Rosewood, with their Haulin' Hog Catering team, might have taken first place at the second annual Pig in the Park on Saturday, but the real winners were the youth of Wayne County. All of the...

Building permits up so far in Goldsboro for 2011

Building permit and inspection totals have increased from their 2010 levels, which Building Inspector Ed Cianfarra said could mean the city is shaking off its recession hangover. Totals through the first three months of this year were well ahead...

County Democrats hold their convention

Wayne County Democrats vowed Saturday to rebound after last year's resounding defeats at the polls and chose a new chairman to lead the local party for the next two years. Stephanie Kornegay was unanimously elected chairman of the party,...

916th airman chosen to jump with Golden Knights at air show

If only for the next few days, AnneTaylor Hand likely won't be thinking too much about her upcoming stint in Afghanistan with members of the 916th Air Refueling Wing's Security Forces detail. The airman has something else weighing on her...

Students to carry safe driving message

With high schools across Wayne County either in or about to enter prom season, the state Highway Patrol is making its annual push to promote safe teen driving. This year, though, troopers in Wayne County are taking a unique...

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That's not what friends are for A 28-year-old man filed a report with Goldsboro police on an armed robbery on Thursday, saying the man who robbed him had pretended to want to be his friend. The victim told police...

Sychtysz new Walnut Creek manager

The board of directors of the Walnut Creek Country Club has announced the employment of David Sychtysz as general manager. Sychtysz comes to Wayne County from Cavalry Golf and Country Club in Syracuse, N.Y., the largest private golf club in...

Jaycees are accepting nominations for awards

The Goldsboro Jaycees are currently accepting nominations for outstanding citizens in several categories. The nominees selected will be recognized locally at the Jaycees Annual Distinguished Service Awards Banquet on May 23. The nominees for Outstanding North Carolinian should demonstrate exemplary...

Disability Walk to be held May 4

The 15th annual Hall Plonk Disability Awareness Walk, sponsored by Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities, will be held May 4. The event will start with registration at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 204 E. Chestnut St., beginning...

Farmers market opens

George Glisson holds his granddaughter Addie Olson, 15 months, while talking to Tim Norris about composting using earth worms during the first Farmers Market of the year at Plum Tree Marketplace on George Street in Goldsboro. Norris is one...

Thirteen Wayne students awarded Teaching Fellows Scholarships

Thirteen students from Wayne County Public Schools have been awarded North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarships. Each year, 500 scholarships are presented to outstanding students with aspirations of becoming educators. The $26,000 scholarship loan from the state is broken down...

All-county chorus Tuesday

The Wayne County Public Schools will hold its annual All-County Choral Festival this week, featuring approximately 280 choral members in the showcase. It will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Goldsboro High School, with 29 schools represented. Choral...

Friday, April 8, 2011

Wayne's jobless rate down for February

Wayne County, along with 93 other North Carolina counties, saw its unemployment rate decrease in February. The county's jobless rate dropped from 8.8 percent in January to 8.5 percent in February, according to the state Employment Security Commission. The...

Goldsboro needs more gas money

Goldsboro officials have had to ask for more money to keep their fleet of cars and trucks on the road because of rising gas prices. City Council approved the reallocation of $230,000 from the unappropriated fund balance to the...

Heritage Bank set to open city branch

The Heritage Bank, headquartered in Lucama, will open a new branch in Goldsboro at the former location of First Citizens Bank at the corner of Wayne Memorial and West Lockhaven drives. The City Council approved site and renovation plans...

Student found with gun in car

A 17-year-old Rosewood High School student has been charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds and possession of drug paraphernalia. Steven Trent Walston, of Talton Road in Princeton, was charged Thursday after K-9 deputies of the Wayne...

Veterans memorial

Architect Jim Davis' vision for the Wayne County Veterans Memorial is quickly taking shape across from the County Courthouse. Contractors from D.S. Simmons will be working until the project is finished, which is projected to be this summer. The...

Week of events to celebrate library planned

The Wayne County Public Library has a number of activities planned starting this Sunday to celebrate National Library Week during April 10-16. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association...

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Teacher needs online votes to win grant

Like on any good reality show, Gregg Brown, reading specialist at North Drive Elementary School, is relying on online voting to help him win a mini-grant. Brown and his school are the only representatives from Wayne County, and one of...

Teacher Job Fair Saturday at Goldsboro High School

The Wayne County Public Schools will hold its annual Teacher Job Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the gymnasium at Goldsboro High School. Principals from across the district will be at the job fair to...

Town will get water study funds

MOUNT OLIVE -- Town officials remain mum on rumors that the town has attracted the attention of a new industry that is interested in locating here. However, the timing of a decision to study the town's water system needs and...

Wayne Memorial names top volunteers

Nearly four years ago, Pam Lawhon called the hospital to volunteer her time and talents. "She said, 'Look, I'm a hairdresser and I have got some time -- I would love to come out to the hospital and make the...

Tree planted in honor of slain 3-year-old girl

The loved ones of Princess Shelby Diamond King gathered under the warm glow of a setting sun Wednesday evening to plant a tree at the spot where the 3-year-old was fatally shot Feb. 27. Princess was killed by a...

Last of planes back from Bagram

A handful of F-15E Strike Eagles returned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Wednesday afternoon after their seven-month tour to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The return was delayed due to limited in-flight refueling support....

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

City sets sights on cleaning up route

Goldsboro's Inspections Department has approved the demolishing of a condemned building on Slocumb Street -- partly in preparation for the Wings Over Wayne Air Show. The dilapidated house, listed as 506 A and B Slocumb, was inspected in February...

County rejects federal stimulus grant to redo controls

The county has rejected a $200,000 federal stimulus grant for building improvements because it is ensnared in red tape and not cost-effective. County Manager Lee Smith told commissioners during their Tuesday meeting that even while he was explaining to federal...

Hospital takes on laundry, and adds staff, efficiency

Wayne Memorial Hospital is taking in laundry. In addition to providing the service in-house, it has recently added Carteret General Hospital and Wilson Medical Center as well as two nursing care facilities from those areas. The move has not only...

County hosts state sheriff's chaplain meeting

Nearly 40 chaplains from sheriff's offices across the state were in Goldsboro on Monday and Tuesday to continue their training through the North Carolina Sheriffs' Chaplains Association. Sessions during the semi-annual meeting included topics ranging from ethics to gangs to...

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Alleged Pa. murderer found in Wayne County Randy John Suber Jr., 30, of Cadel Lane, was taken into custody by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office on a charge of fugitive warrant first-degree murder. Officials with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office...

Pastor receives presidential honor

When he was 11, Apostle Lawrence Bogier Jr. says he heard God tell him that He had a special job for him later in life. But when God came calling again while he was in early 30s, Bogier said...

Firefighter training

Goldsboro firefighters, Capt. Bernard Patterson, left, engineer Gigi Eason, Capt. Joe Johnson and firefighter Alton Lewis, operate an attack line during a recent training session. The session was held for those firefighters who want to learn to drive the...

Stoney Creek Church journeying to the cross

Stoney Creek Church will perform an outdoor drama, "Journey to the Cross," on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 8-10 and April 15-17, with performances starting nightly at 7:30 at the church. The drama, which will include 20 different sets,...

County switches on new communications system

Wayne County emergency officials say they are nearly 95 percent through the process of converting the emergency communication system from analog to digital. Wayne County Fire Marshal Bryan Taylor said the only agencies left to make the switch are...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

It's a small world

The annual Second Language Competition filled the Goldsboro High School auditorium with students, many first-time English speakers, who participated in performances of song, dance and poetry. Meadow Lane Elementary School students perform "Free to Be -- Me."...

Council approves $20,000 to check Arts Council building

Members of the Goldsboro City Council approved a request Monday evening that will result in the withdrawal of more than $20,000 from the Occupancy Tax Fund -- a coffer also known as the Civic Center Fund -- to perform a...

Mount Olive will proceed with $2.2 million sewer project

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Local Government Commission has given the town permission to proceed with construction of its $2.2 million Phase IV sewer project. The approval cleared the way for the town board to approve the issuance of $729,000 in...

City will have to redistrict

The Goldsboro City Council approved a framework Monday night that will be used, in the coming weeks, to redraw the district lines for electing council members -- a process that will likely mean no city elections this year because...

Explorer scouts raising money, helping out this weekend

The Goldsboro Police Department's Boy Scouts Explorer Post 209 will sponsor a flapjack fundraiser Saturday, April 9 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Applebee's, 901 N. Spence Ave. The cost is $7 for a stack of pancakes, sausage...

Greater Goldsboro Road Run to be Saturday

Sunrise Kiwanis Club and Q97 Radio will sponsor the 33rd Annual Greater Goldsboro Road Run on Saturday, April 9. The event features a 10K run (6.2 miles), a 5K run or walk (3.1) miles and a one-mile Fun Run....

Vocational academy will open at Spring Creek High School

The Board of Education Monday night approved a new vocational academy at Spring Creek High School, along with a memorandum of understanding agreement with Wayne Community College to provide college level courses and faculty members to teach them. The CTE...

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Student assaulted on school bus Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating an assault on a 14-year-old girl that happened on a Southern Wayne High School bus while it was on Linen Street at Dudley. According to the bus driver,...

Duplin will not reclassify jurisdiction

A proposal by the Duplin County Sheriff's Department to reclassify its jurisdiction areas and to increase the salaries of its deputies was denied by the county Board of Commissioners at a recent meeting. When Sheriff Blake Wallace first discussed...

Monday, April 4, 2011

Officials figuring logistics for station

There is plenty of blame to spread around for lapses in planning for GATEWAY's new transfer station, Wayne County Manager Lee Smith says. The discussions over the station failed to adequately address not only where its administration will be housed,...

Hospital's Wound Care Center scheduled to receive honor

When Brenda Williams of Goldsboro developed complications from diabetes, resulting in an open wound on her foot, she was referred to the Wound Care Center at Wayne Memorial Hospital. The series of treatments in the center's hyperbaric chamber has...

Student earns second term as Key Club district governor

Brinson Mitchell's first association with Key Club was based upon curiosity. "I just decided to check it out with my friends," the Wayne Early/Middle College High School junior said. That was three years ago, when the school first introduced the...

County to hear air show update

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning will be briefed by Seymour Johnson Air Force Base officials concerning the Wings Over Wayne Air Show to be held April 16-17 at the base. An agenda briefing will start at 8 a.m. followed by...

Public record

Teenager missing, possibly runaway The Mount Olive Police Department is investigating a missing person/runaway. Teirra Lashay Williams, 15, who is also known as "TT", of 212 Dogwood Lane, Mount Olive, was reported missing on Monday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m....

Bee roundup

Bob Kemper, right, and Beverly Keen, members of the Neuse River Beekeepers Association, collect a swarm of honeybees from the yard of Trey Kilpatrick on North Church Street in Mount Olive Sunday. It took them about a half-hour to...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Suspects arrested in March murder

Two Goldsboro residents, including one who had fled to Philadelphia, have been charged with murder and jailed without bond in connection with the shooting death of a disabled Goldsboro man last month. Natasha Monet Bonaparte, 22, of North Jefferson...

Pride fight: Mixed martial arts fighters are warriors and gentlemen

Kevin Kenna had been to war before, but this was different. It wasn't Iraq where he served with the Army for a year at Combat Outpost Mead, 20 miles outside of Baghdad. "I stood behind a gun and that was...

Habitat hike raises funds to help build county homes

Participants in Saturday's second annual Hike for Humanity at Stoney Creek Park may have thought they were just having a good time on a breezy spring day, but they were actually working to help build a new home for...

Cherry Hospital again facing federal sanctions

Cherry Hospital is once again facing the prospect of serious sanctions from federal officials after a March incident in which a teenager ran away from the facility. State Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Mark Van Sciver announced...

Wayne January jobless numbers up

Unemployment in Wayne County rose in January from 8.2 percent in December to 8.9 percent, still more than a percentage point below the state average for the month. Increases in winter unemployment are not uncommon, particularly after the holidays...

Steve Baddour to perform in WCC piano concert

Goldsboro native Steve Baddour will be featured in a piano concert at Wayne Community College this week. "Latin Passions" will be presented in Moffatt Auditorium on the college campus Thursday night at 7 p.m. The free program is sponsored...

Center Stage collects shoes for needy

In addition to giving Wayne County a good musical with their production of "Cinderella," members of Center Stage Theatre wanted to do more. So they are having a shoe drive called "Shoes for the Soul." The drive was the brainchild...

MOC is changing student activities department

MOUNT OLIVE -- Growing the on-campus student population is one of Mount Olive College President Dr. Philip Kerstetter's top goals, and as part of that, he believes the school needs to focus not just on academics and athletics, but...

Officials to examine list of architects for library

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Steele Memorial Library Steering Committee this week is expected to begin interviewing architects who are interested in designing the town's new library. Committee members will sort through architects' proposals Friday, narrowing the field to an...

Air Force Thunderbirds to make wishes come true for Make-A-Wish children

The public won't be in attendance when the Air Force Thunderbirds run through the "highlight" of their Goldsboro performance. The thousands who show up to see the team headline Wings Over Wayne 2011 will miss out on the most...

County Health Department dental clinic changes fee schedule

Effective May 1, all dental patients at the Health Department will be charged based on Medicaid rates. The Board of Health recently approved the change, creating the same fees for insured and uninsured patients and eliminating the sliding fee...

News-Argus names new advertising director

Freemyer, 50, is a native of Oklahoma and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was formerly advertising director for the Courier-Tribune in Asheboro before coming to Goldsboro. A former publisher and advertising director of several newspapers in Oklahoma...

New four-way stop coming this week at N.C. 55, 111

The intersection of N.C. 111 and N.C. 55 just west of Seven Springs this coming week will be converted to a four-way stop. The intersection, located about 12 miles southeast of Goldsboro, currently has stop signs in place on...

Wayne County Chamber looks to get back to basics with members

Chamber of Commerce President Marian Mason wants the Chamber to get back to the basics. Through a new program she aims to put on quarterly, Chamber 101, she hopes new members of the Chamber will be better informed about...

916th air refueling crew flying in mission in Libya

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following interview was conducted with the deployed 916th crew by Maj. Shannon Mann, 916th Air Refueling Wing's chief of public affairs, and the information about the mission was collected by her as well. As responsibility for the...

Friday, April 1, 2011

Cherry Hospital faces sanction

Officials from the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare were on the campus of Cherry Hospital this week to investigate an incident involving an adolescent who left the campus without authorization in March. As a result, the state psychiatric...

Wayne Country Day project expected to double size of school

Wayne Country Day School is preparing for its third generation of students by rolling out a capital campaign and three-phase expansion project that will double the size of the private school. The $5 million project is expected to take 24...

Duplin will seek new company for tickets

KENANSVILLE --The electronic ticketing company Ticketmaster will not renew its contract with the Duplin Events Center in Kenansville, citing the facility's lack of online traffic. Ticketmaster notified the county that it was not going to extend its contract, which...

In tune

Zach Harrell, a member of the all-county high school honor band, plays the tuba during the All-County Band Festival at Dillard Middle School on Thursday. Nearly 120 middle and high school students from across the county participated in the...

His dedication, courage earned him Bronze Star

Victor Snyder had no idea his mission was so critical. "The way we like to put it is we're a jack of all trades, master of nothing," he said. "Whenever there's something that needs to be coordinated with transportation, anything...

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Lawn and garden equipment stolen More than $8,000 in property was stolen from ProTurf Lawn and Garden Center on the 2000 block of U.S. 70 West. The theft occurred between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 7:25 a.m. Thursday. The suspects accessed...

Fremont chooses chief of police

FREMONT -- Paul Edward Moats Jr. was sworn is as the town of Fremont's new police chief Thursday evening, ending a search of four months. Moats, who has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement, said open...

Fill the Boot

Goldsboro firefighter Rob Loreman was one of many firefighters standing outside the Spence Avenue Walmart to Fill the Boot to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters will be outside the Goldsboro store, as well as the Rosewood...