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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Stoney Creek Park eyeing usage issues

District 2 Councilman Bob Waller slowly glides along the paths through Stoney Creek Park on his bicycle. His pace is metered and deliberate as he traverses the park, something he does almost daily when the weather permits. He is...

Donna Phillips is new director of Wayne County Public Library

Growing up in Goldsboro, Donna Phillips enjoyed her family's weekly trips to the library on Chestnut Street. On Monday, Mrs. Phillips, who said that now as an adult she appreciates those trips even more, will begin her new duties...

National Night Out set for Tuesday

People throughout Wayne County are invited to meet the lawmen who patrol their neighborhoods and enjoy entertainment and food at the 28th Annual National Night Out. The event will be held at Herman Park from 6 to 9 p.m....

Petitions require second look before mailing

Despite Wayne County Board of Elections Director Vickie Reed saying Monday that her department was on schedule to mail out petitions, property owners in Phase 11 will not receive their letters from the board concerning the removal of their...

New music trail will honor area musical stars

Wayne County is full of talented musicians who have played with some of the greats in the industry, but who remain unknown. But local arts officials say that will soon change with the African-American Music Heritage Trail. The purpose of...

Library series to focus on books by North Carolina authors

NA20110731From staff reports The Goldsboro branch of the Wayne County Public Library will host a nine-week, five-part reading and discussion program this fall as part of the Let's Talk About It program. Created by the North Carolina Center for the...

Duplin to bring county fair back

KENANSVILLE -- After years of waiting, Duplin County residents are getting their fair back this fall. Sponsored by the Duplin County Agribusiness Advisory Council, the fair will be at the county Events Center off N.C. 11, and it will...

Ballet dreams

Tess Allen tried to hold back a smile when Ariana broke the rules. But when, seconds after she turned off the music that signaled to her students that they could run, jump and twirl however they pleased -- and 11...

City Council considers amendment to spot for public comment period

Citizens who have had to sit through presentations, public hearings and reports before they could address the Goldsboro City Council might be getting a reprieve Monday. The council will consider an amendment at Monday's meeting to move the public...

Board of Education will weigh new code for students

The Board of Education is expected to establish a "student code of conduct" Monday night, adopting 30 discipline policies in line with recent action by the General Assembly, which officials hope will keep students in school and reduce suspensions. House...

Alzheimer's caregiver education conference Aug. 23 at Walnut Creek

A Caregiver Education Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Walnut Creek Country Club. The event is being sponsored by Alzheimer's North Carolina Inc.; Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency on Aging and the...

Friday, July 29, 2011

'Unity Day' to be held Saturday at Mina Weil

When Dawud Salaam was living in Philadelphia more than a decade ago, his son and his friends approached him wanting to make their own T-shirts. An entrepreneur who had been making T-shirts for years, he showed the trio how...

Sunshine serenade

Brigitte Klitzing, left, and Ann Durnford share a laugh while The Embers perform at the Center Street Jam on Thursday evening in downtown Goldsboro. Dozens of people braved the heat to hear the legendary beach music band. Wayne County...

Dancing with Stars funds result in 12 scholarships

Stephanie Webber can't imagine not being in a classroom. The instructional assistant has been working diligently toward her teaching degree, through the Wachovia Partnership East program at Wayne Community College. And yet, several months ago she was at a crossroads,...

LaGrange man claims $100,000 in lottery

North Carolina Education Lottery officials announced Thursday that a Wayne County man was one of this week's big winners as he scratched off $100,000 Monday on his 10X The Money ticket. According to a news release sent by the...

House now officially part of sweepstakes

The builders of the Molly Smith Thompson House back in 1901 probably couldn't have imagined the 3,804-square-foot Queen Anne home becoming a boarding house. They likely wouldn't have predicted the affluent neighborhood surrounding it would lose population the way...

Man, 30, dies in two-vehicle collision

MOUNT OLIVE -- A 30-year-old man died early Thursday morning in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Pineview Cemetery Road and Adams Road east of town. The victim was identified as Julio Castillo Quettell of 106 Taco Drive. The...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Facebook page recalls cruising on William Street

Gas was less than a dollar a gallon. The Vietnam War consumed the evening news. People were still getting over the Beatles' breakup. And William Street was the place to be. On weekend nights, cars full of young men and...

Baddour resigns as athletic director at UNC

 Goldsboro native Dick Baddour has resigned today as athletic director at the University of North Carolina, according to reports published on the Internet by the Raleigh News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer. Baddour announced his resignation at a press...

Company starts moving pickles to new warehouse

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mt. Olive Pickle Co. has begun moving inventory into its new 138,000-square-foot addition at its distribution center on the corner of Old Mount Olive Highway and Northeast Church Road just north of the company's plant. When...

County schools are planning for teacher classes

MOUNTOLIVE -- Before the first day of classes even rolls around, the school system is already contemplating graduation. But not the ceremony itself -- educators are being primed to better prepare children for the finish line. The theme for Wayne...

Public record

Metal thefts occur at houses, apartments, business An air conditioner valued at $2,500 was stolen a home on the 200 block of Patetown Road between July 16 and July 26. The home is a vacant rental property. Unknown suspect(s) tampered...

Man killed in early morning wreck

MOUNT OLIVE -- A 29-year-old man was killed this morning in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Pineview Cemetery Road and Adam Road east of town. The identity of the victim is being withheld until his family can be...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wayne Community College facing budget crunch

The Wayne Community College Board of Trustees discussed the status of enrollment, budgets, internal reorganization of key positions and possible consolidation with other community colleges at its Tuesday night meeting. Dr. Kay Albertson, president, remains optimistic on all counts, she...

Scouts find space to worship

The phrase, "A Scout is reverent" is often heard in Boy Scout meetings and church services as young boys bow their heads in prayer or recite the Scout Law. But for many of these boys, these are more than...

Reserve medics gearing up for Nicaragua

The conditions won't be anything to write home about -- a brutal climate, undrinkable water, work days that begin long before sunrise. But for the few dozen members of the 916th Air Refueling Wing's Aerospace Medicine Squadron currently gearing up...

New walkways for fall fair

People attending the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair this fall are in for a pleasant change following improvements made over the summer, officials said. Fair Manager Milton Ingram said Tuesday that construction crews completed paving all the fairground's new walkways...

New home design will be more energy efficient and much stronger

A new type of building construction that not only provides better insulation and improved resistance to high winds, but is also more environmentally friendly has reached Wayne County. A home constructed of insulated concrete forms is going up in...

Public record

Man charged in store robbery, assault Shannyn Demetrius Ward, 22, was arrested by Goldsboro police on July 22 for a common law robbery charge stemming from a report filed on May 1, 2011. Ward is allegedly the suspect who purchased...

Busco Beach set to host national ATV sport competition in September

While families from Wayne County and across the country enjoy the summer out at Busco Beach, workers there are gearing up for a new national event coming to the area in September. Busco will host the 2011 American Motorcyclist...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Post 11 falls to Cherryville in state finals

 MOREHEAD CITY -- Wayne County Post 11 fell to Cherryville in the Senior American Legion baseball finals today, losing 9-1 to the western region champs. Cherryville is now the state champions and Wayne the runners-up. Post 11  beat High Point...

Democrats pick nominee for commissioner's seat

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County Democrats chose lawyer Ken Thompson, of Wallace, as a nominee to replace David Fussell on the county's Board of Commissioners Monday night. The unanimous 84-person vote came just a few weeks after Fussell resigned for...

School district announces new assistant principal assignments

Administrative reassignment continue at Wayne County Public Schools, with eight assistant principal changes announced, including a former principal at Goldsboro High School. John Twitty, who had previously been principal at Belfast and Wayne High School academies, alternative schools in the...

Public record

Air conditioner thefts occur over weekend More than $6,000 was reported as stolen and damaged property from an apartment complex under renovation in the 200 block of Alpha Court. The incident occurred between 6:30 p.m. on July 21 and...

Vendors needed for Goldsboro National Night Out on Aug. 2

Vendors are still needed for the National Night in Herman Park on Aug. 2., from 6 to 9 p.m. National Night Out is an event designed to bring together citizens and the lawmen who patrol their neighborhoods. The evening will...

Petitions to ask if residents want to deannex

The Wayne County Board of Elections will mail out petitions to all real property owners in the area known as Phase 11 today. The mailing comes five business days after the board received its list of property owners from...

Scott takes job working with Mount Olive College alumni

MOUNT OLIVE -- Howard Scott, recent retiree as Wayne County Cooperative Extension director and a Mount Olive College alumnus, has been named interim director of Alumni Relations at MOC, filling the position held for 38 years by Dianne B. Riley....

Beating the heat

Dana Jones pours orange syrup onto a shaved ice treat inside the S.J. Hawaiian Shaved Ice shop on Cashwell Drive. On an average day, Jones said she will make more than a hundred of the frozen concoctions. But as...

Target help kids with back-to-school gear

Kenny Igleheart stood in front of the dressing room at Target this morning, practically directing traffic around the department store. Children and adults passed by pushing shopping carts as he answered question after question about school uniforms, supplies and...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Communities in Schools building backpacks with help from Walmart

Dropout prevention organization Communities In Schools of North Carolina is working this summer with Walmart to collect school supplies for economically-disadvantaged students in North Carolina. The 2011 "Build A Backpack" back-to-school supply drive is the largest school supply drive...

Friday shooting victim still hospitalized at Pitt Memorial

A Goldsboro man remains in Pitt Memorial Hospital for gunshot wounds he received around 2 a.m. Friday morning on a sidewalk of Lincoln Homes, a housing community of Goldsboro Housing Authority. Miguel Valdez Phillips, 23, of East New Hope...

Grand-in-Hand winners

News-Argus Advertising Director Reg Freemyer, left, presents a $1,000 check to Anne and Jamie Gurley, center. Standing with them are their Realtor Jeri Lyn Coker and Goldsboro and Wayne County Board of Realtors President Gay Elmore. The presentation was...

Johnston County contracts with Code Red

Johnston County has announced that it has contracted with Code Red, an emergency notification company, to provide emergency messages to its residents. In cases such as water outages and other emergency situations, the County will be able to call...

Public record

Break-ins *Edward John Ivey, 69, Green Drive, reported to Goldsboro police the theft of several items from his residence, including a $500 handgun, another handgun valued at $250 and $700 cash. There was also $100 worth of damage done...

Waynesborough Historical Village to pick up $6,000 more from city

Despite the loss of a major financial contributor, Waynesborough Historical Village will remain open seven days a week thanks to a $6,000 increase in funding from the city. The City Council voted last Monday to increase its budgeted contribution...

Officials: Results say grad coaches working

Introducing graduation coaches at two area high schools is making a difference, officials say. And not just in terms of ensuring students will graduate on time. At a time when budget cuts are common while unfunded mandates continue to rise,...

Local woman now waiting for a liver

Joan Williams has always enjoyed being part of the Wayne County Ladies Auxiliary, supporting the area firemen and community wherever she could. Currently, the president of the group she has participated in for more than 30 years, she said this...

Group makes hats for premature babies at Pitt

Janice Hill sat with her yarn and needle and began to crochet a hat -- not for herself, a loved one or even a friend, but a tiny cap for one of the premature babies fighting for its life at...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Too young to know, Maleea just smiles

MOUNT OLIVE -- Maleea didn't stir when her father ran a hand across her cheek -- when he wrapped her fingers in his own and asked her for a smile. But when Bobby Gaines Jr. worked a pacifier out...

Group hopes to bring cool jazz to downtown Goldsboro

By the time the new year rolls in, the smooth sounds of jazz may be reverberating through downtown if Ron Martin and his associates, the Premier Group, are able to make their plans a reality. Martin, Mauricio "Lobo" Howell...

Officials taking look at Cherry after patient was groped

Investigators from the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare were back at Cherry Hospital Thursday, this time to look into an incident in which an adult patient groped an adolescent patient. The incident, officials with the state Department of...

DOT looks at other local projects

The following projects were included in the Transportation Improvement Plan * Central Heights Road: Widen to three lanes a section in front of Eastern Wayne Middle School, $150,000 in 2012. * Country Day Road: Grade, drain, base, pave-construct right turn...

N.C. DOT plans improvements to two U.S. 117 South intersections

The traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 117 South and O'Berry Road in Dudley will be removed as part of major hazard elimination projects there and at the highway's intersection with Country Club Road just north of Mount...

Abstinence essay contest celebrates successful year

Melissa Eller learned about the Health Department's abstinence essay contest at school and decided over spring break to enter. "I've always loved writing and have a great respect for the power of words," she said. She approached the project...

WCC to hold financial literacy sessions

Wayne Community College will conduct nine Financial Literacy Loan counseling sessions in the next few weeks. The sessions are required for anyone interested in applying for a William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, low-interest loans to eligible students. Sessions...

Paramount to host Miss N.C. Welcome Home event, fundraiser

It's been a hectic first few weeks in her reign as Miss North Carolina, but Goldsboro's own Hailey Best says she's looking forward to returning to her hometown next week. The Welcome Home, Miss North Carolina event will take...

Photography contest added to Sweet Potato Festival

A photography contest has been added to the 2011 North Carolina Sweet Potato Festival to be held this fall in Snow Hill. The contest is open to all photographers. Photographs of Greene County are preferable and may include sweet...

GlenCare officially hit with $16,000 fine

MOUNT OLIVE -- The owners of GlenCare, an assisted living center where six residents died from hepatitis-related deaths, has been fined $16,000 by the state. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services levied the fine on Wednesday, but...

Out of 16 schools in Duplin County, only one achieves its 2010-11 AYP

KENANSVILLE -- With only one of 16 schools making Adequate Yearly Progress for 2010-11, Duplin County has become another casualty to the state's rising target goals for schools. The numbers released Thursday were only preliminary, but Duplin schools spokeswoman...

Fire reports

In the past week, the Goldsboro Fire Department responded to 32 calls, including two house fires, both of which involved a police investigation. Of the calls made between July 15 and July 21, 10 were false alarms, seven were vehicle...

Fremont board settles schedule issue between manager, chief

FREMONT -- The Fremont Town Board accepted a new police schedule created by Chief Paul Moats at a town hall meeting earlier last week. Town Administrator Kerry McDuffie had notified officers earlier his month that he would be setting...

Public record

Man injured in Friday shooting A Goldsboro man has been taken to Pitt Memorial Hospital for gunshot wounds he received around 2 a.m. Friday morning. Miguel Valdez Phillips, 23, of East New Hope Road, was found by Goldsboro police at...

Fair officials changing demolition derby rules

With plans to change some of the rules governing the annual demolition derby at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair, drivers and fair officials said they're not sure what the event will look like in the fall. But they agree...

Camp Liberty wraps up week of teaching about U.S. founding

At first glance, the group of children rehearsing for a program at Victory Free Will Baptist Church late Saturday morning could have been part of a Vacation Bible School class. Except it was an all-patriotic agenda. "Camp Liberty," a...

Arts Council preparing to move into downtown digs

The heart of the arts in Wayne County will move further into the county seat's center later this month as the Arts Council of Wayne County prepares to begin the next chapter in its 47-year history. Arts Council Director...

Friday, July 22, 2011

Work on U.S. 70 ahead of schedule

Construction is ahead of schedule on the first segment of the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass. That section of the new, four-lane highway is expected to open to traffic as planned in November despite some additional work required because of an...

AYP results are in

Preliminary numbers are in for schools' Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, and, like many districts reeling from the increased target goals, only half of Wayne County schools made it. In Wayne County, 13 made AYP while 14 did not. Four...

Local volunteers offer extra hands for 'Extreme Makeover' home build

You might not see Kristy Thompson if you tune in this October to catch the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" reveal that unfolded Thursday in Fayetteville. The show's host likely won't point out that much of the lumber used to construct...

Water park in a parking lot

Ryan Hopes is exactly where many Wayne County residents might wish they could be, under a cool spray of water. An excessive heat warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. today. High temperatures near 100 are on the forecast....

Thursday, July 21, 2011

For Women Only burglarized, vandalized

Members of For Women Only were turned away Wednesday morning as employees and the owner made repairs to the fitness center following an overnight break-in. An unknown number of suspects pried open the front door of the business sometime...

James Sprunt Community College worried about consolidation aftermath

KENANSVILLE -- With talk in the General Assembly of consolidating some of the state's smaller, more rural community colleges, officials at James Sprunt Community College are bracing for the unknown. The proposal, which would merge some programs at 26...

Public record

Burglar lured by fishing shop EZ Bait & Tackle, located at 2049 N.C. 117 South, was burglarized between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 4:56 a.m. Wednesday. Deputies with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office responded to an alarm at the fishing supply...

Mount Olive plans communitywide National Night Out

MOUNTOLIVE -- Neighborhoods throughout Mount Olive are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide Aug. 2 for the 28th annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event. From 7 to 10 p.m., residents in Mount Olive...

Rouzer to run for Congress in 7th District

State Sen. David Rouzer, R-Johnston, announced Wednesday his intention to run for the newly formed 7th Congressional District seat in 2012. Now in his second term in the N.C. Senate, Rouzer said he had not planned to run for...

Sitting pretty

Jayna Beamon stays cool Wednesday by playing in the water at the pool at Lane Tree Golf Club. Temperatures were expected to soar to 100 degrees today, with a heat index near 108. A heat advisory is in effect...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Family physicians -- a vanishing breed

Another area doctor is retiring next month. But when Dr. Sam McLamb of Goldsboro Medical Specialists hangs up his stethoscope on Aug. 24, more than a family physician will be lost. In some ways, it's another nail in the looming...

Spring Creek graduate one of five winners in national Microsoft Office contest

A recent Spring Creek High School graduate is one of five winners in a national Microsoft competition. Miranda Hill, recently named champion in the 2011 Certiport Microsoft Word-2010 event, will compete later this month in the worldwide competition on...

Student fights to overcome struggles to raise children, siblings

Tanisha Eutsey has thought a lot about what she wants to be when she grows up -- a teacher, a foster parent, a social worker. But no matter what she winds up doing, what she's becoming is something she...

Goldsboro police would like to have Tasers as backups

The Goldsboro Police Department is applying for a grant that would allow the purchase of more than two dozen Tasers. At present, the department has no such stun weapons, unlike the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. But if the grant...

Plan to merge colleges will not hit Wayne Community College

Wayne Community College is not on the list of 26 community colleges in the state being considered for consolidation, but that doesn't mean the local institution won't be facing sweeping changes if the plan comes to fruition. Earlier this week,...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mother to make trip to help poor children in Haiti

With her husband on military duty and two children visiting their grandparents in New Mexico, it's the perfect time for Becky Minchew to take a trip to the Caribbean. But she's not looking for white, sandy beaches or crystal...

MDA lockup to be held Wednesday at Shelton's

Local business owners and workers will spend a little time Wednesday "behind bars" to help raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Shelton's Harley-Davidson is sponsoring a lockup to encourage people to donate to MDA research. The lockup will...

City consults attorney for fight over annexation

With incoming City Manager Scott Stevens sitting in, the City Council made quick work of its agenda Monday night, working through its regular board meeting in about the time it takes to boil a pot of rice. The 15-minute...

County officials to eye ways to help volunteer firefighters

Plans will be unveiled at tonight's meeting of the Wayne County Firemen's Association for a study that will examine not only the county's network of rural fire departments, but how the county interacts with them. The meeting will be at...

Local pastor planning new community center

In the heart of what many call Goldsboro's troubled neighborhoods, local pastor Dennis Peele said many people have almost given up hope. But with a little confidence and direction, Peele said he hopes to show the city's youths and...

Tobacco harvest

Evan Sutton helps with the start of tobacco harvest Monday on the farm of his father, Ron Sutton, and his grandfather Jerry Sutton near Seven Springs. Their farm is on Piney Grove Church Road about a mile north of...

Monday, July 18, 2011

A.C.E. team sets sights on cutting back crime

Just call them the Crimebusters. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office once again has a team of specialized investigators standing by to track down and stomp out crime wherever they are needed. The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team was originally created...

Friends gather to pay tribute to 19-year-old shooting victim

Cquashanda Mitchell had her whole life ahead of her. The 19-year-old aspiring model was a 2010 graduate of Charles B. Aycock High School and had just auditioned to be on the TV show "America's Next Top Model." But that...

Heritage Center project needs funding

A project that could "redefine" Wayne County and bring thousands of tourists to Goldsboro each month is shovel ready, its creator says, but construction of the First People Heritage Center remains more of an "if" than a "when," as supporters...

Facility could face $16,000 fine from state

MOUNT OLIVE -- GlenCare, an assisted-living facility, is facing a possible $16,000 fine as the result of a state investigation into a hepatitis B outbreak last year at the center that claimed the lives of five residents. The Division of...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Constitution seminar scheduled for July 18-19, 21-22

A Constitution seminar: "Camp Liberty, the Founding of America," will be held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, July 18-19 and 21-22 from 6 p.m. 9 p.m., and Saturday, July 23, from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Victory Free Will...

No word yet on former assistant school superintenent

State and local officials say they have little to report on the status of a case involving the Wayne County Public Schools assistant superintendent who came under investigation in December 2009 and quietly retired three months later. Sprunt Hill of...

Few candidates file for 2011 municipal elections

There are enough candidates for board races in the Nov. 8 municipal elections in the Village of Walnut Creek and the town of Pikeville, but not in the towns of Seven Springs and Eureka. Filing for those offices, as well...

The little shop of hope

A cancer battle is not just about a diagnosis and medications, Helen Harwood says. Sometimes the greatest battle is keeping up your spirit as you wage war against the disease -- and finding the resources you need, she adds. And...

Judge allows Dail's lawsuit to go forward

A former Goldsboro man's lawsuit against the city and its police department -- in connection with what became an 18-year prison sentence for a crime DNA evidence said he did not commit -- will move forward. District Judge Terrence...

City Council will talk gates, paving on Monday

The gates of Park Avenue and discussions concerning the city's street repaving projects are slated to highlight the City Council's work session Monday. The session will begin a half-hour later than usual, at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall...

Last girder laid for Cherry project

Phase One of the construction of the new Cherry Hospital site was marked Thursday with a "topping out" ceremony at the site on Ash Street Extension. The last steel girder was set in place while more than 100 construction workers...

Biofuels company eyes Mount Olive site for plant

MOUNT OLIVE -- The town's industrial park is one of two sites being considered by an international company for a $160 million pioneering technology ethanol biofuels plant that would create 65 new and mostly local jobs with average salaries of...

Second city building pitched for museum

While the City Council begins its analysis of what to do with its Air Force museum plans and newly purchased building at 2406 E. Ash St., one downtown property owner can't help but think the city missed a golden opportunity....

916th prepares for array of new missions

As members of the 916th Air Refueling Wing prepare to mark the unit's 25th year on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, they do so with the knowledge that many of their comrades will miss the pending celebration. Some have already...

Friday, July 15, 2011

SJAFB builds a new center

A 43,000-square-foot facility poised to replace nine aging buildings on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is still several months away from completion, but the most talked about component of the $10.6 million project has already found a home at...

After new construction projects, Mount Olive hotel to be used to house students

MOUNT OLIVE -- Construction of a $5 million Sleep Inn and Suites on N.C. 55 just behind the Southern Belle Motel is expected to be under way by the first of the month and be completed by this time next...

Public record

Metal theft The air conditioner at a home in the 500 block of Dail Street was dismantled and stripped of its wire and copper tubing between Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a report filed with the Goldsboro police. The total...

Memorial service set for shooting victim

A memorial service to honor Cquashanda Laquan Mitchell, 19, who was fatally shot in her home earlier this week, is scheduled Saturday night. The event will take place in front of Berkeley Mall at 9 p.m. and will include...

Wayne County weighs building 911 center

Wayne County could be ready within the next 30 to 45 days to embark on a $600,000 project to build a 911 emergency call center that would be ready for operation by next spring. Originally the county had planned...

Muggles line up for Harry's last hurrah

"It's over. I mean, it's over for real," one woman said as the credits rolled on the final part of Harry Potter's silver screen saga early today at Premiere Theatre 12. She was one of many fans who paused in...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

'Build a Backpack' to provide school supplies for students

Communities in Schools of Wayne County will be part of a statewide effort to collect school supplies for economically-disadvantaged students, its director said. Sudie Davis, executive director of the agency that has had a local presence since 1994, has spearheaded...

GATEWAY receives state DOT grant

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority has received $62,182 in state funding through the N.C. Department of Transportation Public Transportation Division's Urban/Regional Bus and Facility Program. The program assists in providing the required match to direct recipients of federally funded grants...

Public record

Dudley home burglarized A home in the 500 block of Rollingwood Drive in Dudley was burglarized between March and July while the homeowner was working out of town, according to a report made with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. The...

Ditch to be filled near 14th hole on golf course

Golfers with a tendency to draw the ball to the left in their drives will have an easier walk on Hole 14 at the Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course now that the City Council has approved the filling of a...

Pools stay busy as local families try to manage yet another scorcher

With Goldsboro broiling under a fierce summer sun for the past few days, residents and outside workers were looking for some much-needed relief. They got it late Wednesday, when a line of thunderstorms swept across the region, bringing much-needed...

Man will face charges in two shootings

FREMONT -- A Goldsboro man was charged Wednesday in the murder of his sister and attempted murder of his father. Rico Antonio Mitchell, 22, has been arrested by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office for his alleged involvement in the...

Salvation Army welcomes chiefs

As a new Salvation Army commander in Rock Hill, S.C., Lt. Julie Igleheart had a young woman, a former drug user, come to her one day wanting to turn her life around -- and get her 9-month-old son back. Mrs....

It's final: Park to get gates

The path toward opening Herman Park's portion of Park Avenue has finally materialized, as the Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission created a final recommendation for the City Council on safety measures to keep children and pedestrians in the park...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

County: Fremont library will stay open

FREMONT -- The Fremont Library has survived another round of county budget cuts and will keep its doors open to the public, at least for now. Wayne County Manager Lee Smith said Monday the county will continue to give...

City: Hotel demolition will be costly

Bringing down the Gold Inn and Suites building on U.S. 70 West near the U.S. 117 junction will be more difficult -- and costly -- than originally thought, Chief Building Inspector Ed Cianfarra said during a recent City Council...

County gives OK to Steele Memorial architects

A $311,000 contract to begin the design phase of the new $3.4 million Steele Memorial Library in Mount Olive was approved Tuesday morning by county commissioners. The contract awarded to RATIO Architects of Raleigh will be paid for through...

Keen resigns from county Planning Board

Steve Keen stepped down at noon today from the seat on the Wayne County Planning Board he has held for the past nine years. Keen, a county commissioner, announced during the commission's Tuesday meeting that he was resigning to take...

Majority of county students headed to college

Nearly 82 percent of recent high school graduates from the eight county schools plan to go on to college, according to an exit survey done by school officials. Another 10 percent, or 113 students from the Class of 2011, indicated...

WCC turns on new digital sign

Commuters on Wayne Memorial Drive will now have a visual reminder of the many programs, as well as special events going on at Wayne Community College. A digital sign, made possible by county funds and capital building and grounds...

Best: Schools need to do more

For the second time in as many months, Wayne Commissioner Jack Best unloaded a barrage of criticism at the county Board of Education, questioning not only how it spends its money, but complaining that it is rife with nepotism and...

Wayne County legislators weigh in on new legislative maps

Reactions were mixed this morning among Wayne County's legislative delegation as members got their first looks at the new state legislative district maps -- maps that if approved in their current forms, could result in all of Wayne's House...

Man arrested in Fremont for killing sister, shooting father

FREMONT -- Rico Antonio Mitchell has been arrested and charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder after shooting his sister and father this morning at 134 Jasmine Lane, Fremont. Wayne County Sheriff's Deputies responded...

Commission approves county district maps

It took two split votes Tuesday morning before Wayne County commissioners could agree on new voting district maps and the sticking points weren't major adjustments, but rather late, minor changes that had no impact on the districts' populations. Also,...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Board renews contract; decries critics

The Wayne County Board of Education Monday night approved a one-year extension on the county superintendent's contract and a $6,500 supplement -- with four members in support -- but not before blasting the steady stream of "naysayers" of the school...

Public record

Man charged in forgery of mother's checks Douglas Carl Oaten Jr., 31, of Southern Plaza Drive in Dudley, has been arrested by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged with forgery of instrument, uttering forged instrument and obtaining property by...

School board moves forward on two projects

The school board Monday night adopted a resolution allowing for a deed transfer and entering into a lease agreement with the county to proceed with the remaining two construction projects at Eastern Wayne and Norwayne middle schools. Board attorney...

Mount Olive board approves changes for plat

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Town Board of Commissioners approved a subdivision plat Monday night that Town Manager Charles Brown hinted would be for a major project on property near the Southern Belle Motel. Brown did not identify the...

City Flight Part III - What's a city to do?

With statistics showing the city's tax base has shrunk by more than 4,000 residents in the past 20 years, there is an expectation placed upon city officials to bring in more residents to avoid tax increases in the next decade....

Gate cost delays Park Avenue roundabout opening ... again

It was 54 years ago when Paul Staps decided Herman Park's portion of Park Avenue should be closed for good. A mere child at the time, Staps remembers how his friend, Milford Edwards Jones Jr., was fatally struck by...

Drought takes toll

Widely scattered rain over the past few days has brought welcome relief for the county's tobacco, cotton and soybean farmers, but came too late to salvage the corn crop. "I am already hearing a lot of farmers talking about...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Former students, officals lament Governor's School cut

As state school superintendent June Atkinson recommends that funding for the N.C. Governor's School be cut at next month's state Board of Education meeting, past local students are weighing in on merits of the program. Since its introduction, funding...

Tri-County Electric sends trio on Washington, D.C. tour

Michaela Smith of Princeton, Travis Cuddington of Goldsboro and Alan Keathley of Mount Olive were among the more than 1,600 high school students nationwide who attended the 2011 Rural Electric Youth Tour June 11-17 in Washington, D.C. Tri-County Electric...

"Living Legends" recognized by EOS

Four area women will be honored as "living legends" later this weekend for outstanding community service. "A Taste of Italy," featuring a dinner, entertainment and a fashion show, will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at Rebuilding Broken Places on...

County officials think maps will pass

The chairmen of Wayne County's Democratic and Republican parties agree that the proposed voting district lines for the Board of Education and Board of County Commissioners are acceptable and should pass muster at the local and federal levels. County commissioners...

City Flight Part II - Is it really the schools?

Performance rates at Goldsboro's inner city schools have long been a subject of discussion, not only in the county, but at the state level as well, as graduation rates at Goldsboro High School have lagged behind some of the...

Light fixture catches fire at Goldsboro YMCA Saturday

The actions of an observant patron at the Goldsboro Family Y might have prevented extensive damage when a fire broke out Sunday afternoon. Gregory Brown, a reading teacher at North Drive Elementary School, said he was on the upper walking...

Girl Scout cookie sendoff

A stack of boxes under each arm, Ariana Anderson approached a few of the men who had, moments earlier, gathered in an auditorium on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Saturday afternoon. "Here you go," the 6-year-old said, smiling as...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Jane Rustin: Bibliophile ... forever

Saturdays were sacred to a particular little girl as she grew older, decades ago, on Long Island. But even she had no idea that her mother's weekly gift -- a trip with her children to the neighboring town's public library...

Local author tells tales of imaginary country crossroads

Anyone who travels along rural Corbett Hill Road in western Wayne County shouldn't expect to see the city described in Sherwood Owl Williford's new humor book, "Hanging Out in Corbett Hill," but they might see the possums the book...

Jail on list of capital projects

Wayne County might have no choice -- a $75 million jail might be on the "cannot do without" list in the very near future. The county's proposed $255.6 million capital improvement plan spreads a variety of projects ranging in cost...

Council member calls for delay in hiring

Council had already planned to go into closed session upon beginning its work session Tuesday night to discuss a property acquisition, but ended up entering it twice more before beginning its regular board meeting, once to discuss a matter...

County to review contract for Mount Olive library

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning will consider awarding a $311,000 contract to a Raleigh architectural firm for design work for the new Steele Memorial Library in Mount Olive. RATIO Architects, Inc. was recommended for the contract by the Steele Memorial...

Grantham firefighters reunite dog and family

It all started with a crash and ended with blinding lights and sirens blaring. In an instant, Clarence Miller, 66, and his grandson, Lucas Miller, 9, were trapped in their pickup truck, waiting for help after a July 4 accident...

Officials find 16th meth site; cleanup costs still a question

Wayne County officials recently responded to the 16th methamphetamine cleanup site this year, one more than all meth clean up sites authorities responded to in the county last year. A fire extinguisher, adapted to store anhydrous ammonia, a hazardous...

Book details church's local history

In downtown Goldsboro, at the base of the courthouse steps along Walnut Street, is a weathered green plaque commemorating the origin of the Pentecostal Holiness church. The site marks where Abner Crumpler of Clinton first pitched his gospel tent...

Special series -- City flight: Why are they leaving?

The 2010 U.S. Census numbers pose an interesting question for area residents, business owners and government officials: Why is Goldsboro's population shrinking while the county has seen an increase in the past decade? Wayne County's population grew about 8...

Thieves stealing homes' a/c units

With a dozen air conditioning units reported stolen or damaged in the last week alone, county law enforcement officials say they are seeing a new trend this summer as thieves target the appliances for their metal components, primarily copper,...

Friday, July 8, 2011

Students nab millions in grants, scholarships

Recent high school graduates from Wayne County Public Schools earned a potential of $15 million in renewable financial aid to attend college, officials announced this week. Members of the Class of 2011 from eight county high schools were recipients of...

Airman joining 9/11 tribute march

It effected everyone differently -- the series of attacks that unfolded on American soil nearly a decade ago. But for members of the Air Force's Security Forces community, it did not simply signify an escalation in a conflict they...

Motions slowing Dail case

A lawsuit involving three former chiefs of the Goldsboro Police Department and an individual who served 18 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit is at a standstill as attorneys on both sides await a court decision...

Victim in shooting is listed in critical condition

DUDLEY -- A man found on Eagle Ridge Road suffering from several gunshot wounds is listed in critical condition at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Marlow Eugene Holmes, 36, was found around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday after Wayne County sheriff's deputies were...

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Copper thefts An air conditioning unit at a home in the 1400 block of Clingman Street realized $3,500 in damages during the theft of its copper components between June 22 and July 6. A neighbor told police she witnessed a...

Local broadcaster shared the news with Wayne County

Pioneer radio broadcaster Vassie Balkcum, past president of the former Eastern Carolina Broadcasting Co., which owned WGBR radio station, is being remembered not only for his rich, unique voice, but for his service to his home community of Wayne County...

Just swinging

Kyla Franklin, 6, was creating her own breeze in 90 degree heat swinging on the swings at Herman Park in Goldsboro Thursday afternoon. Numerous thunderstorms are predicted for the next several days, but Kyla, visiting the park with her...

City retains attorney for annexation query

Residents of the Buck Swamp and Salem Church Road areas who thought their quest to be removed from Goldsboro's city limits ended with the General Assembly's decision to allow the area, known as Phase 11, to be deannexed pending...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

County to look at capital projects

Wayne County's proposed $255.6 million capital improvement plan spreads a variety of projects ranging in cost from a few hundred thousand dollars to $72 million over a five-year period from 2012 to 2016. However, County Manager Lee Smith has warned...

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Man shot, wounded The Wayne County Sheriff's Office responded to an alleged shooting Wednesday around 9:45 p.m. in the 100 block of Pinehill Road in Dudley. Marlow Eugene Holmes, 36, of East Holly Street, was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital...

Third arrest made in May 22 shooting

The Goldsboro Police Department made a third and final arrest in a shooting at 404-C N. George St. that sent six young people to the hospital in the early hours of May 22. The latest person arrested in the...

Financial challenges plague MERCI Center

Although volunteers at the Marion Edwards Recovery Center Initiatives in Rosewood said the center's Footprints summer camp is bigger and better than ever, MERCI's financial hardships have become too much to ignore. After almost 11 years of mission work...

Accused takes plea in child sex case

After rejecting a plea deal on Tuesday afternoon, David Arron Roberts, 32, accepted the same offer Wednesday morning that included his admission to one count of first-degree sex offense against a 5-year-old girl. Presiding Resident Superior Court Judge Jay...

Summer program offers food for local children

A growing number of children are qualifying for free or reduced school meals in schools. But what about when school is out for the summer? The federally funded Summer Food Service Program is again offering nutritious meals and snacks for...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Scouts focus on skills, fun

A gaggle of 11-year-olds build campfires and compete to see who can yell the loudest. Older boys blast skeet out of the air with shotguns or throw roped buoys into the lake to practice life-saving. Summer is in full...

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Kitchen knife used in robbery attempt The Donel-Express Mart, 518 E. Elm St., was the scene of an attempted robbery July 3 at 10 p.m., according to a police report. A store clerk reported a suspect entered the store wielding...

City buys building

Goldsboro's ties to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base might be about to get much stronger after the City Council voted Tuesday night to purchase the building owned by the Arts Council of Wayne County for use as a proposed...

School district makes plans for annual Summer Institute

Wayne County Public Schools will host a four-day conference for educators and parents next month, with this year's effort featuring an emphasis on getting children to the ultimate finish line -- graduation. The sixth annual Summer Institute will again be...

Filing period under way for remaining municipal elections

Filing for municipal and sanitary district offices began July 1 at noon and will continue through July 15 at the Wayne County Board of Elections office on 209 S. William St. Eureka, Pikeville, Seven Springs and Walnut Creek have three...

Jury sought for sexual assault case

As jury selection began Tuesday afternoon, defendant David Arron Roberts rejected a plea deal that would have reduced the number of charges against him to one. Roberts, 32, is facing felonious charges of first-degree statutory sex offense and taking...

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Roberts sex offense trial scheduled to start today

Jury selection was scheduled to begin today in Wayne County Superior Court in the trial of David Arron Roberts, 32, of Dudley, who is facing multiple charges of sexual assault against children. Roberts may face up to two counts...

Host families still needed for foreign exchange students arriving Saturday

There is only a little time left before the arrival of three high school students from France, two boys and one girl, who are looking to share daily life with an American family. The students will be here from...

Spring Creek student wins new TV for perfect attendance

Staying in school can pay off. School officials already tout the importance of graduating and earning a high school diploma as the gateway to a college education or better job opportunities. This past school year, Chevrolet of Goldsboro teamed...

Officials: There are some companies hiring now

Although hiring signs are cropping up across Goldsboro, officials said 8.5 percent of the county was still unemployed in May -- a slight increase from April's rate of 8.3 percent. But Larry Parker, spokesman at the state Employment Security...

Boys & Girls Club attendance is up

The summer is already heating up at the Boys & Girls Club, with the Paley Unit on Royall Avenue averaging up to 157 children a day. "In only a couple weeks of summer -- and it's growing," said Marvin Ford,...

Long Leaf Pine Award

State Rep. Efton Sager, right, presents the Order of the Long Leaf Pine to retired U.S. Marine Bill Carr Sunday at Rosewood First Baptist Church as his daughter, Terri, looks on. Carr was given the state's highest civilian honor...

Berkeley fireworks

Racing to beat the approaching storms, the Fourth of July fireworks display at Berkeley Mall launched into dark clouds and finished just before rain hit the city. Thousands of people parked around the mall got a good look at the...

Second look sought for school projects

A major $15 million renovation and construction plan for Eastern Wayne and Norwayne middle schools remains on schedule despite a down economy that is forcing the county later this summer to revisit and probably recast its $255.6 million capital improvement...

Leaders pleased with 2011 session

Local legislators, with the exception of the lone Democrat in Wayne County's delegation, say they are pleased so far with the results of the first Republican legislative session in more than 140 years. But they also are dismayed at...

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Students float in classroom

Rachel Sauls has an avid interest in marine biology. When she learned about the weeklong Advanced Floating Classroom Program, held this past week at Wayne School of Engineering, it held an immediate appeal, not to mention that it would...

Vote to affect museum, Arts Council, downtown

With the Goldsboro City Council poised to vote on buying the Arts Council of Wayne County's East Ash Street building, the decision is likely to have to impact beyond a potential Air Force museum. It could also have implications for...

A Fourth 'to remember'

For Monica Taylor, the Fourth of July means more this year than a trip to the beach -- a three-day weekend culminated by the skies over Wilmington lighting up with a series of colorful bursts. There is more, she...

Reserve at Bradbury Place bought

Tenants at the Reserve at Bradbury Place may not have noticed any changes at their housing development on New Hope Road, but that's exactly how Matthew Rankin would like it. Rankin, the executive vice president and chief executive officer...

Southern Wayne alumni enjoy second reunion

There were clouds of smoke and the thick scent of warm barbecue sauce wafting throughout Westwood Park in Mount Olive Saturday, but not necessarily because of the marinade on the three dozen chicken wings Reginald McKinney was grilling. The...

Pastor's song picked as new Methodist hymn

Adam Seate uses music to change lives and connect people to God in new and different ways. But through the new United Methodist supplemental hymnal, one piece of his music will affect people for generations to come. "Covenant Prayer"...

Rhodes sworn in

Brian Rhodes, left, is sworn in as Mount Olive's new police chief by Mayor Ray McDonald on Friday. Rhodes, 46, has been acting chief since March, following the retirement of Ralph Schroeder. Rhodes is the town's 29th chief of...

Helms: BPW State Woman of the Year

Joanna S. Helms, president of the Wayne County Development Alliance, has been selected by the N.C. Federation of Business & Professional Women's Club as its 2010-11 State Career Woman of the Year. Mrs. Helms was selected by a group...

Band of Oz Center Jam not rescheduled

The June 16 Center Street Jam featuring the Band of Oz will not be rescheduled, Lara Landers of the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. said Friday. The band couldn't work out a make-up date to fit into the bi-weekly concert...

Sentencing delayed for Duplin man pleading guilty to dogfighting

MOUNT OLIVE -- Sentencing has been delayed until Aug. 1 in the case of a 76-year-old Mount Olive man who in March pleaded guilty to selling, delivering, possessing, training and transporting dogs for the purposes of animal fighting. Harry Louis...

Duplin extending early college concept throughout whole county

KENANSVILLE -- Some might say college isn't for everyone, but Duplin County school officials are at least going to make their students test the waters first. Starting this fall, all five Duplin County high schools will implement an "early...

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Copper taken from A/C unit Copper components were reported stolen from an air conditioner at a home in the 700 block of East Walnut Street between Thursday night and Friday morning. The value of the stolen copper from was listed...

Council likely to vote Tuesday on opening Park Avenue

When the City Council meets Tuesday night for the first time in the 2011-12 fiscal year, it will make decisions on many items it considered for much of 2010-11. A decision is expected concerning the council's next step toward...

Carver reunion all about catching up with old friends

In the Carver Cultural Center cafeteria, Mrs. Beulah Pearson Brewington's chair faced away from the door, but she rarely did. Twisted around in her chair, the Carver High School class of '51 alumna scanned the faces coming through the...

Friday, July 1, 2011

Ash Street Pizza Inn closes

Pizza Inn on East Ash Street closed its doors earlier this week after doing business for 27 years. A phone call to the Ash Street restaurant resulted in a recorded message thanking customers for their years of patronage and...

Museum idea returns

When the Arts Council of Wayne County bought its current building at 2406 E. Ash St. from Centura Bank in 2001, it was a location that then-Executive Director Alice Strickland hoped to grow into. What she didn't anticipate, however,...

Walnut Creek budget approved; no tax hike

The Walnut Creek Village Council approved its 2011-12 budget Wednesday with no tax rate increases and only a few changes in overall spending from last year. Although the tax rate will remain at 38 cents per $100 of property...

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Shots fired According to a Goldsboro police report, a 22-year-old man was shot in the leg while stopped at a stop sign at Carver Drive and Olivia Lane around 10 p.m. Wednesday. According to a separate police report, a...

Pikeville approves 2011-12 budget

PIKEVILLE -- The Pikeville Board of Commissioners on Tuesday adopted a budget for the fiscal year starting today. The town is set to operate with a $2,251,400 budget over the next 12 months. Mayor Johnny Weaver said the budget...

Worleys continue helping others

For more than 30 years inside a modest flower shop, a simple philosophy has been exemplified -- one that the Goldsboro and Wayne County communities have come to associate with the business' proprietor and those who work alongside him....

School board votes on driver ed contract

A seemingly routine decision for the Wayne County Board of Education -- approving a renewal contract for driver education companies -- moved from a finance committee discussion Wednesday to a full called meeting of the school board Thursday, at which...