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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Housing Authority employee still on job

Despite being charged in connection to an investigation into the awarding of roofing contracts to Selma-based All American Roofing, Goldsboro Housing Author-ity Director of Development and Safety Jimmie Farmer will maintain his position with the Housing Authority and will...

Mall to open Friday

UPDATE 4 p.m. - Berkeley Mall Manager Jan Luttrell said Wednesday afternoon that only Belk, JCPenney and Sears department stores will be open Friday. There will be no public access to the mall interior, she emphasized. There is indication that...

Still some without power in Goldsboro

As of this morning slightly more than 700 Wayne County Progress Energy customers remained without power -- mostly in the Goldsboro area and the areas east and north of the city. Tri-County Electric Membership Corp. had begun Tuesday with...

United Way kicks off its 2011 campaign with 'Elvis'

John Smith just knew he would have to leave town after belting out his rendition of "All Shook Up" at the Echoes of Legend event Tuesday at the Paramount Theatre. Fortunately, however, the audience loved him. Smith performed at the...

Arr-Mac team helps hurricane victims along coast

As morning turned to afternoon Saturday, members of the Arr-Mac Water Response Team, mobilized because of Hurricane Irene, were beginning to think they might not be needed after all. But shortly after noon, 12 members from the Arr-Mac Water...

Fifth charge released in bids inquiry

A fifth person has been charged in the investigation into public corruption at Wayne County Public Schools and the Goldsboro Housing Authority. U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker announced Tuesday that Pamela Carol Turner, 45, of Selma, co-owner of All American...

Public sector layoffs blamed for uptick in jobless rate

July's unemployment rate ticked up a tenth of a percentage from June in Wayne County as part of a statewide trend that saw 52 counties with an increased rate or one that remained the same. Wayne County's unemployment rate...

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Copper thefts continue * Saint Tabernacle Pentecostal Holiness Church, at 1000 E. Ash St., was victimized by copper thieves between Sunday and Monday. The church's A/C unit had a reported $1,500 in damage, while $250 worth of copper was stolen....

Wayne Country Day ready for students to come back

It's like a brand new school, say officials at Wayne Country Day School, where Phase One of a $5 million three-part expansion is wrapping up. Pristine, shiny new floors throughout the building, birch frame bulletin boards in the hallways...

Local, state and federal offices all to be closed Labor Day Monday

Local, state and federal offices, including posts offices and banks, will be closed Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Wayne County Public Schools also will be closed. Goldsboro city offices will be closed and Monday's trash and...

Mount Olive library group closing in on fundraising goal

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Steele Memorial Library Steering Committee is just $6,625 shy of reaching its $350,000 goal for a new library. Thus far the committee has collected $250,567 in donations and $92,808 in outstanding pledges for a total...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

State warns of phony FEMA officials

State Attorney General Roy Cooper warned residents Monday to be cautious about scammers posing as federal disaster aid workers. "Con artists pretending to be government officials have tried to steal personal information and money following other disasters," said Cooper in...

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Woman involved in accidental shooting As a 49-year-old Goldsboro woman was preparing to wash her bed sheets around 8 p.m. Saturday when a firearm fell out of the bed and onto the floor, where it then discharged and struck the...

Thieves break into businesses ... again

For Women Only, a health club located at 2523 E. Ash St., has been broken into for a second time in six weeks. The suspects appeared to have re-enacted the vandalism of the first break-in, which occurred July 20,...

No word yet on costs from Irene

Wayne County officials will meet with FEMA officials Thursday to discuss what assistance, if any, will be available to the county following the destruction left by Hurricane Irene. Damage estimates are still being assessed and it will be several more...

Providing a little food after the storm

Billy Battle had not had a hot meal in two-and-a-half days. His power went off early Saturday during Hurricane Irene, and he was surviving on cold canned goods. When he saw the Salvation Army Mobile Feeding Unit out in Goldsboro,...

In times like this, neighbors pull together

A sunny Sunday gave Wayne County residents a chance to dry out a bit and start cleaning up the debris left by Hurricane Irene. Downed trees, broken limbs, splintered power poles and drooping power lines left some parts of...

Schools closed because of power outages

Three Wayne County schools were closed today in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, with an additional elementary school added because of an overnight storm. Power outages and damages from fallen tree limbs prompted officials to close schools on Monday. Students...

They had some time, so they cleaned up park

Siblings Simon and Cecily Norwood were getting a little stir crazy Monday, so they did what most teens do on an imposed day off from school -- leapt at the chance for their mom to drop them off at the...

Monday, August 29, 2011

Trees, power main problems around Wayne

It will be Tuesday before county officials expect to have damage totals left in the wake of Hurricane Irene, which appeared to have hammered central Goldsboro and northeastern Wayne County the hardest. One total they do have is the $180,000...

Mall will remain closed until further notice

The reopening date for the Berkeley Mall is still unknown after the roof above the Belk atrium collapsed Saturday due to winds from Hurricane Irene. Chief Building Inspector Ed Cianfarra said the city's engineers looked over the structure Sunday...

Irene could cost half of this year's tobacco crop

Hurricane Irene may have cost Wayne County tobacco farmers more than half of their crop. Initial estimates put the loss at $16 million. Tobacco remains the chief cash field crop in Wayne and most other eastern North Carolina counties. High...

Senior Center work will be slower

Wayne County Services on Aging will have to wait a little longer than first anticipated before moving into its new quarters in the former Sportsman's World building on East Ash Street. Officials had hoped to move by late fall, but...

United Way kickoff to be held Tuesday as planned

Elvis will be in the building Tuesday night at the Paramount Theatre. The Paramount had only minor damages from Hurricane Irene. The United Way of Wayne County's official campaign kickoff will begin at 7 p.m. with locals Geoff Hulse, Wayne...

No power? Salvation Army has hot food, water; after-school activities canceled

For those in Wayne County still without power, the Salvation Army is giving out free hot meals and water from its mobile feeding unit and will do so until power is restored. For the rest of today until dark, the...

Images from Hurricane Irene

Early Saturday morning people in Wayne and surrounding counties woke up to heavy rain and high winds from Hurricane Irene as she made her way North along the North Carolina Crystal Coast. The category 1 hurricane had 80 mph winds,...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

High winds cause many power outages, much storm damage

County officials expressed relief Saturday as they began to close down their emergency shelters that Hurricane Irene, though long-lasting, had not been any worse than it was. "We feel as though we were very fortunate, especially if you look...

Fatal crash at intersection where traffic lights out

A 15-year-old girl was killed Saturday afternoon in Goldsboro in a traffic accident police blamed on intersection lights not working because of a power outage caused by Hurricane Irene. The name of the girl was not immediately released because she...

Symphony's youth chamber orchestra tryout dates set

RALEIGH --The North Carolina Symphony has announced audition dates for the NCS Youth Sinfonietta. Auditions for the exclusive chamber orchestra, made up of young musicians ages 14-19 from across the state and led by the symphony's renowned staff of...

Part of Berkeley Mall roof caves in at Belk atrium during storm

An apparent straight-line wind is being blamed for the collapse of the roof at Berkeley Mall during Hurricane Irene on Saturday. Goldsboro Chief Building Inspector Ed Cianfarra explained that about 1 p.m., the parapet wall around Belk on the...

Creek project nearly done

Construction of a boulder wall on the east bank of Stoney Creek near the Cloth Barn on East Ash Street was expected to be completed this week as part of a water quality improvement project along the creek. While the...

Southern Wayne district head honored for work

Some believe the Southern Wayne water district has the best tasting water in the county. Mike Garris, superintendent, operator responsible in charge of the sanitary water district, says he hears the sentiment often. "I have had a lot of...

Red Cross holding September blood drives

The American Red Cross will offer a special incentive at its September blood drives. Donors will be entered into a regional drawing for a pair of domestic round-trip tickets on Delta Airlines and a $500 gift card. "While we...

Duke doctors: Local fiddler is going to be just fine

A routine eye exam for fiddling prodigy Samantha Casey led to fears for her health, but after undergoing brain surgery at Duke Hospital, the prognosis for her recovery is bright. Samantha, 15, is well known for her musical talent...

Irene delay couple's Atlantic Beach wedding

What was supposed to have been a magical day of celebrating love turned into a nightmare for Fremont residents Joel Barbour and his fiancee, Rebecca Setliff, when Hurricane Irene blew into town. The couple had planned their dream wedding for...

Families wait out storm at local shelters

Children ran and played at the Salvation Army emergency relief shelter Saturday morning as wind and rain from Hurricane Irene whipped around outside. For many of them -- as well as their parents -- it was the first time...

Trees down, power spotty across northern Wayne County

Eugene and Sherry Rose were in their bedroom Saturday morning -- awake, but not quite up yet. Except for the torrential downpour and howling winds outside their Fremont home, it was very much like many other lazy weekend mornings...

Residents hunt for somewhere to eat in storm

Two-year-old Abigail was so hungry she was crying. Although her mom, Jaclyn Sporcic, had stocked up on cold foods before the hurricane, Abigail's little tummy was craving a hot meal. So, like a lot of other Wayne County residents, the...

Teen, 19, held in statutory rape case

A 19-year-old Goldsboro man has been arrested for allegedly having sexual relations with a girl six years his junior. Dajour Maurice Hall was charged by Goldsboro police Friday with statutory rape and statutory sex offense. Police say Hall, of...

Numbers higher in Wayne schools

Wayne County Public Schools officials reported a smooth transition back to classes at its 31 schools. While several schools had already resumed earlier, the bulk of students returned on Thursday. Enrollment is up from the same time last year, with...

Damage in Mount Olive, Duplin County mostly downed trees, power lines

MOUNT OLIVE -- Greg Wiggins had worried for two days prior to Hurricane Irene's violent arrival about the large trees hanging over his home. And he and people across southern Wayne and northern Duplin had reason to worry as...

Clothing giveaway to be held Sept. 10

Faith Alliance Church, 3203 Cashwell Drive, is holding a clothing swap and giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 10. People are asked to bring their clean and gently used clothes and shoes in bags or boxes that...

Junior Leadership looking for applicants

The Junior Leadership Wayne County Program is looking for high school juniors with leadership potential who want to learn more about their county. Applications are available at all high schools in the county and at the Wayne County Chamber...

Cub Scout recruiters to visit Wayne elementary schools

Boy Scout leaders will be holding meetings at all Wayne County elementary schools over the next few weeks, hoping to recruit boys into the ranks of the Cub Scouts. The annual campaign usually elicits excitement from the boys who...

For their friend ... and others

Throughout the nine years Brettany Brock has known co-worker Christie Ivey, she has always admired Mrs. Ivey's giving personality and her willingness to help others in any way she can. So when she learned that Mrs. Ivey had leukemia and...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Irene collapses mall roof; city under curfew

As Hurricane Irene continues to make its way up the East Coast tonight, Wayne County residents are beginning to take stock of the damage as high winds and heavy rains pounded the area for much of the night Friday...

Friday, August 26, 2011

148-mile journey complete

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Renee Rucker wiped tears from her eyes as a group of airmen saluted the American flag. She turned away and fought back more when the national anthem played out over loud speakers -- when a Vietnam veteran...

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Suspects leave car on blocks A man reported to Goldsboro police that the 22-inch rims and all four tires were removed from his 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning while the vehicle was parked outside his home...

Spring Creek High School teacher earns top honors in district

A Spring Creek High School teacher has again been named Teacher of the Year for Wayne County Public Schools. Jennifer Tyndall, a National Board Certified business teacher at the school who has already gained state and national recognition, did her...

Arrests made in school district inquiry

U.S. District Court officials confirmed this morning that four people have been charged and a fifth is still under investigation following an inquiry by the FBI into "public corruption" of the awarding of roofing contracts by the Wayne County Public...

County estimates Irene's impact here

Wayne County emergency personnel continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irene. In a briefing late Thursday, Mel Powers, emergency management and security director for Wayne County, said the latest forecast showed that Wayne County could expect rain to begin...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mount Olive College cancels Friday classes, Saturday graduation

With Hurricane Irene expected to at least bring heavy rains and possibly more to Wayne County on Saturday, Mount Olive College officials announced late Wednesday their decision to postpone their planned graduation ceremonies. The college's 58th annual summer commencement,...

Airmen take last few steps in Ruck March to Remember

VIRGINIA -- He wasn't wearing an Air Force uniform. There was no 35-pound ruck sack strapped to his shoulders. But when Pete Page began marching alongside members of the 4th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron Wednesday afternoon, passers-by took...

Air Force evacuates planes from projected storm path

The approach of Hurricane Irene has convinced Air Force officials at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base to evacuate approximately 60 F-15E Strike Eagles and seven KC-135R Stratotankers to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana today. Planes started leaving this...

Local and state officials keep close eye on hurricane's path

Wayne County officials are watching and waiting and making preparations as Hurricane Irene draws closer to the North Carolina coastline. "We are still monitoring the situation," said Blair Tyndall, county EMS and safety director, speaking on behalf of county...

Students head back to classes

Taylor Gay sat atop a table in a kindergarten classroom at Northeast Elementary School this morning, leg swinging back and forth as she waited for the moments to pass until the start of class. The fifth-grader was fine now that...

Annual sickle cell fundraiser canceled

The annual Sickle Cell Anemia fundraiser planned for Saturday at Berkeley Mall has been canceled, according to the Epicurean Civic Club, which sponsors the event. It had been scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., featuring singers,...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Jacksonville woman still searching for suitcase, couple who bought it

It could happen to anyone. In the midst of preparing to move to a new home, Lindsay Whitehouse was holding a yard sale at her house, her children were vying for her attention, a neighbor was over, rain clouds...

Wayne County history on display at museum

Velda Howell remembers heading to Central Lunch in the 1960s and 1970s where her mother, Alice Smith, worked as a waitress like it was yesterday. She recalls the salad she would often order, the specials on the menu and...

Shaking surprises most in Wayne County

Sitting at home watching birds eat seeds from several feeders she has outside her sliding glass doors Tuesday, Annette Taylor knew something was wrong when all of them suddenly flew away and didn't return. But it wasn't until about...

City manager speaks to local Rotary

Goldsboro Rotarians appeared more interested in learning about new City Manager Scott Stevens than any specific city projects or policies. Stevens spoke to the club at the Goldsboro Country Club on Tuesday. The few questions raised centered on the fate...

Elementary students get first peek at school

In kindergarten Room 152 of North Drive Elementary School mid-afternoon Tuesday, Rosalind Croom quietly sat at a desk enjoying a peanut butter sandwich. It was perhaps the lull before the storm, as teachers and staff geared up for open house...

County, base preparing for possible hurricane

With forecasters still trying to determine the exact track of Hurricane Irene, local officials are beginning to make preparations in case in travels further inland than currently expected. Mel Powers, Wayne County emergency management and security director, said Tuesday that...

Quake doesn't stop local marchers

VIRGINIA -- They were no more than a mile beyond Chatham, Va., when the buildings tucked inside the historic downtown started shaking. But members of the 4th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron hardly noticed the 5.8 earthquake that moved the...

Landfill methane could earn county $200K

DUDLEY -- Wayne County could eventually earn up to $200,000 annually on what until recently was a waste product that was routinely just burned off -- the methane gas created by decomposition at the county landfill. North Carolina-based Methane...

Teacher of the Year to be named Thursday

Three finalists have been announced for the Wayne County Public Schools' Teacher of the Year, who will be named during a banquet Thursday evening at Walnut Creek Country Club. Finalists at the elementary, middle and high school levels are...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wayne County shaken by earthquake

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered between Richmond and Charlottesville, Va., shook Wayne County at about 1:51 p.m. Residents across Wayne County reported feeling their houses shake for just seconds -- but long enough to make many people nervous. Other news...

Greenville man charged with assault on boy

A Greenville man has been arrested by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office on charges that he sexually assaulted a 4-year-old Wayne County boy. Gregory Michael Entzminger, 25, of Greenwood Drive, Greenville, was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual...

Students get first look at schools

At 12:45 p.m. Monday, Assistant Principal Sheri Hobbs' voice came over the Eastern Wayne High School intercom, offering last-minute reminders before freshman orientation. Staff, she began, needed to be in the new gym by one o'clock. "Everyone else needs to...

One last photo before the towers fell

The Twin Towers were already burning. The tunnels and bridges leading into New York were closed. But Gary Box was on a mission. So the firefighter started walking. * Steve Pettit gets out of his car and lets his wife...

Man wins trip to see Britney in honor of his sister

When Britney Spears sings and dances at the RBC Center in Raleigh Wednesday night, she will be joined on stage by Goldsboro's own Robert Taylor. Taylor, 31, won the right to dance with the iconic pop star through a local...

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Gunfire hits house An occupied house on East Ash Street was hit by two bullets over the weekend, Goldsboro police said. No one was injured. Tyree Tyus Mann Macklin, 25, Hush Street, told police he was walking along East Ash...

Monday, August 22, 2011

WATCH calling for help

WATCH, or Wayne Action Teams for Community Health, is in need of volunteers. The service, which sponsors a medical van that canvasses the county each week providing health care for people without insurance, has grown since it was first...

Thoroughfare VFD marks 50th anniversary Sunday

The Thoroughfare Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its 50th anniversary Sunday. The department started in 1961 as a group of local farmers meeting in a barn. It now has a modern facility manned by trained volunteers. The department was created...

Remembering 9/11, one step at a time

GREENSBORO -- Denise Jones tried to hold back her emotions when a group of airmen came into view. But as the formation made its way down her street and past her home, tears started falling. "Every time I see service...

Bone marrow registration drive Thursday at mall

A bone marrow registration drive will be held Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. at center court in the Berkeley Mall. The drive, sponsored by the Be the Match Registry, is seeking donors willing to help patients with life-threatening diseases...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Streetscape, station won't get grant money

The city of Goldsboro will need to find another source of funding to complete its two signature downtown revitalization projects as Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. Director Julie Thompson received word Thursday that the city's plans for the Center Street...

Smoking, obesity will cost county employees

Wayne County could save up to $200,000 in health insurance costs this year because of a new program that, while targeting employees who use tobacco, is also available to other employees who want to take advantage of a $500 incentive....

SJAFB unit joins Ground Zero march

They have been marching for more than a month along country roads and state highways -- the Security Forces airmen who committed to honoring the countless sacrifices that have been made since 9/11. And today at noon, members of...

Many hands in 'Burke's Big Build'

By PHYLLIS MOORE News-Argus Staff Writer At first glance, the red, gray and black N.C. State University bedding and gray walls might be found in the room of any average college student. Granted, the steel gray refrigerator and swivel...

Man killed in crash

A 21-year-old Dudley man was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-car accident Saturday morning on U.S. 111 South near Price Road in Seven Springs. According to Chris Cook of the state highway patrol, the accident happened around 1...

County ponders hiring field crop ag agent

A field crop agent is a vital component of Wayne County's multimillion-dollar agriculture industry, county commissioners agreed Tuesday morning. However, they remained reluctant to commit county funding fearing that it would set a dangerous precedent that the state would seize...

Opening Monday

A car drives by construction cones and caution tape that is blocking the roadway entering Herman Park. The cones and tape are only temporary; a gate that can be opened and closed is expected to be installed on Monday....

Mar Mac Volunteer Fire Department marks 50 years

Mar Mac Fire Department started out near Love Memorial Baptist Church with a small building and just a couple of trucks, but through the support of the surrounding community has grown into a force to be reckoned with, as its...

Greene County concert series begins Sept. 11

SNOW HILL -- In the first concert of the 2011012 Greene County Performing Arts series, the band Children of the Horn will delight listeners with a combination of funk, soul jazz, rhythm and blues. The Raleigh based instrumental ensemble made...

CSS Neuse historic site seeking volunteers

KINSTON -- The CSS Neuse and the Governor Caswell Memorial state historic site is seeking volunteers. The site offers a glimpse into two of our nation's most pivotal wars -- the Revolutionary War and the Civil War -- as well...

Friday, August 19, 2011

Health Department in need of repairs, board chairman says

Carpeting in the third floor clinic area of the county Health Department is "deplorable" and presents a potential health hazard, the chairman of the Board of Health said Wednesday. Dr. Rick Stovall said he had met with Evelyn Coley,...

Revenue from Wayne tourism increased

Wayne County's tourism growth was nearly on par with the entire state's growth in 2010, as last year saw an 8.44 percent increase in revenue from 2009. North Carolina attracted $17 billion in expenditures from visitors to and within...

Classes start

Wayne Community College bookstore employee Wayne Toler, left, helps Carlos Zometa find the books he needs for classes Thursday, the first full day of class. Officials said a preliminary count shows 3,475 students enrolled, down slightly from last year,...

Back to school

Dequan Witherspoon gives a high-five to Rodney Robinson, dressed as the school mascot, during open house at Dillard Middle School Thursday. This was the first open house for Wayne County Public Schools, in anticipation of Dillard as well as...

County approves naming policy

People who want to have a county-owned building, or even a room, named after someone now have a clearer path to follow in getting that done. Wayne County commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved the county's first official policy for addressing...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Record shows police say suspect confessed

Goldsboro police have released a document claiming that Gary Metzger confessed to killing his sister, Jean Metzger Hubbard, in the living room of the home he shared with his wife, Ann Metzger. Gary and Ann Metzger have both been charged...

Pre-K programs in 'state of flux,' local officials say

Local pre-kindergarten programs are in a "state of flux," says the Partnership for Children of Wayne County executive director, responding to the aftermath of a judge's ruling that no child be turned away, despite lack of funding to pay...

Assistants moving up to fill Wayne teacher ranks

Mary Jo Sauls became a teacher assistant when her own children started school, drawn to a schedule that allowed her to be home with them during the summer. "I thought it was only going to be a temporary thing....

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Shots fired into home Unknown person(s) fired into a home in the 300 block of Creech Street between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night. According to a report, a bullet entered an exterior wall and traveled through the...

Family Y gets grant

Goldsboro Family YMCA recently received a $42,000 grant to fund a task force that will develop a plan to identify strategies to promote healthier living in Goldsboro. A team of community leaders traveled to Washington, D.C., last month to...

Man charged with armed robbery

A Kinston man was arrested Wednesday shortly after he allegedly used a Glock semi-automatic handgun to rob a Goldsboro business. Matthew Thomas Webb, 31, of Hodges Road, has been charged in the robbery of Family Dollar, located at 185...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Boys and Girls Homes want adoptive, foster parents

Boys and Girls Homes of N.C., a non-profit organization working to promote awareness of the devastating effects of child abuse and neglect in Southeastern North Carolina, is looking for foster and adoptive parents who are dedicated to assuring that...

AgCarolina grant requests now accepted

AgCarolina Financial announced that they have begun accepting grant applications through their corporate-giving program, The Fund for Rural North Carolina. Grants are available up to $5,000 per organization for programs that specifically benefit farmers and rural residents. Applicants may...

Duplin fair seeking vendors

KENANSVILLE -- Vendors are needed for the Duplin Agribusiness Fair that will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Duplin County Events Center. Duplin County Events Center Director Lacey Ekberg said that 72 vendors spaces...

Public hearing Sept. 6 on school bonds

The public will have the opportunity next month to weigh in on the county's plans to sell $15 million in federal Qualified School Construction Bonds to help finance a $16.4 million building and renovation project at Norwayne and Eastern...

Changes made at WCC to improve services to students

Two personnel changes were made recently at Wayne Community College with one goal in mind -- to improve services and accessibility to students. As officials ready for the start of another semester Thursday, there are certain traditions they have...

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Man charged in stabbing James Moore, 56, of Green Valley Drive, has been arrested by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Moore was taken to the Sheriff's Office after deputies...

LaRoque addresses allegations about business dealings

KINSTON -- Looking to tell his side of the story, state Rep. Stephen LaRoque held a press conference open to the public at the Kinston/Lenoir County Visitors Center Tuesday to address allegations that he was improperly managing two economic...

Mount Olive still working on water improvements

MOUNT OLIVE -- A feasibility study of planned improvements to the town of Mount Olive's water system on Northeast Church Road has been submitted to the state and the town has been granted authorization to construct the project. The...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Rep. Jones meets with veterans

Congressman Walter Jones unveiled a plan he said would save the country billions of dollars -- a simple strategy that could very well end the debt crisis and set the nation back on the right course. But his message...

Work to start on VA clinic

Construction of a new Veterans Affairs clinic in Goldsboro is expected to begin this fall after a bid to build the 10,000-square-foot clinic was awarded to Construction Managers of Goldsboro. Veterans living in Wayne and surrounding counties are expected...

Schools' open houses to begin Thursday night

With the first day of school arriving next week for Wayne County Public Schools, officials have announced open house dates and times. Students and parents are encouraged to attend the events, which allow staff and teachers to welcome new...

Relay for Life moving to county fairgrounds

After a lengthy and coveted partnership, Wayne Community College and one of the county's most popular events are parting ways. Relay for Life is changing venues. But despite the fact that one of the county's most popular events will...

For 'Coach Les'

They didn't need to put black stickers on their helmets to remember all the values their fallen coach instilled in them. The banner featuring his likeness isn't the only place they see his face. They don't have to recite...

Council takes care of routine business

"He's been here a week and we haven't run him off yet," Mayor King joked in the opening moments of Monday night's City Council meeting, City Manager Scott Stevens' first in his official capacity. "Scott is tough." A light...

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Suspect identity sought Goldsboro police are asking the assistance of the public in identifying a suspect in the June 16-17 break-in at Warren's Small Engine Repair located at 4209 U.S. 70 E. Surveillance video captured images during the break-in...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Man killed in U.S. 117 crash

A Faison man was killed early Sunday morning after the pickup he was driving struck a utility pole on U.S. 117 Bypass at nearly 100 mph. Alejandro Mendez Castanedo, 26, of Suttontown Road, died at the scene of the...

Council to hold rezoning hearings

Scott Stevens will attend his first City Council meeting in his official capacity as city manager tonight at City Hall, where public hearings will be held on three different rezoning requests. Requests have been filed to rezone the east...

License offices closed Aug. 25

Nineteen Division of Motor Vehicles driver license offices located in eastern North Carolina will be closed for one-day training either on Thursday, Aug. 25, or on Friday, Aug. 26. The closures will be for one day only; all offices...

Rain doesn't stop show

Rain moved Saturday's final Concert in the Park featuring Nowhere But Up and Freeport inside the Herman Center, and those in attendance like Davie Shoetes kept moving to the music. The free concert series normally held in front of...

Hearing on school bonds to be set

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning are expected to schedule a public hearing for Sept. 6 at 9 a.m. on plans to sell federal Qualified School Construction Bonds to finance $15 million in construction and renovations at Norwayne and Eastern...

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Booze it and Lose it Seventy-seven violations were cited Aug. 12 when law enforcement officers from the Goldsboro and Fremont police departments, Wayne County Sheriff's Department and Wayne County's Probation/Parole department conducted a "Booze It and Lose It" checkpoint at...

Alzheimer's caregivers conference to be held Aug. 23

In some ways, having dementia can be like navigating a carnival funhouse, where the person becomes disoriented and the brain won't cooperate. Except that for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's, or the caregivers and family members on the sidelines, it isn't...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Tax reval causing car tax confusion

The reduction in the county's property tax rate from 76.4 cents to 70.25 cents per $100 worth of value appears to be creating some confusion when it comes to county vehicle taxes. The tax rate for vehicles is the...

Wayne son writes on CIA Afghan tragedy

Journalist Joby Warrick's entrance into the Afghan city of Khost was aboard a helicopter full of pardoned Taliban who didn't look or sound as repentant as they professed to be. Warrick's arrival in the volatile border region next to...

Immortalized in linen

The names date back to World War II -- members of the 334th Fighter Squadron family represented on a tablecloth that, for decades, has found a home in a display case on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. And when the...

City set to open Park Avenue ... soon?

The road to a resolution of the months-long Park Avenue issue has cleared. Figuratively, at least. Parks Superintendent John Albert said Thursday morning the bollards that were installed in January to keep the road closed while allowing for pedestrian...

Bringing their hero back home ... at last

Carol Reitmann locked her car doors as a group, led by an Air Force chaplain, made its way across a parking lot on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. She wasn't ready to receive the news she felt certain they had...

Missing yes, but not ever forgotten

Don Totten doesn't need to attend a service at Arlington National Cemetery to say goodbye to Maj. Tom Reitmann. In a way, he sees his old friend every day. He relives the feeling of despair that overcame members of the...

Move-in day at Mount Olive College

Mount Olive College is expecting to house nearly 800 students in campus housing this year. Move-in week, which kicked off Saturday and included a reception at the home of college president Dr. Philip Kerstetter, will continue today and Monday,...

Storms blow through, pour rain on Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- A quick-moving and violent storm swept across the town about 1 p.m. Friday dumping more than 2 inches of rain in less than 10 minutes while powerful winds took down trees and power lines, leaving portions...

Wayne Community College set to kick off fall humanities programs

A veteran songbird with Goldsboro ties, a study of Cleopatra and a film series on the history of Christianity make up the fall schedule of Arts and Humanities programs at Wayne Community College. Sally Spring, who was born in...

Floars working to memorialize son with motorcycle run for children

Allen Floars lost his 17-year-old son, Jacob, in an automobile crash in October 2010, and there is not a day that goes by when he does not think of that painful loss. But this year, he is going to...

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Bag taken at library Charles Allen Moore, 29, Woodview Drive, reported the theft of a number of items from a bench at the Wayne County Public Library on East Ash Street. The items taken and their values were book bag,...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mt Olive Storm Damage Video

A strong storm ripped though Mt. Olive Friday afternoon causing downed trees and damage to homes and businesses. ...

Friday, August 12, 2011

Storm rips through Mount Olive

A severe thunderstorm packing high winds downed trees and damaged buildings in Mount Olive early this afternoon. Town officials said the storm, which National Weather Service officials estimated packed winds of about 60 miles per hour, hit the town about...

Schools project ready to start

At a special meeting called Thursday morning, the Wayne County Board of Education approved a bid and entered into a construction and lease agreement to proceed with projects at Norwayne and Eastern Wayne middle schools. The $14.5 million bid came...

County program will honor teachers throughout school year for good work

School officials plan to recognize the district's most outstanding educators all during the year and not just at "Teacher of the Year" time. At present, Wayne County Public Schools annually honors a representative for each school, then narrows down the...

Road plans to take regional view

The time when a county could pose a dozen highway projects and expect to get them funded is gone, members of the Goldsboro Metropolitan Planning Organization said at the meeting Thursday. As counties scramble for their share of shrinking highway...

Downtown Jam ... and a slush

Mallory Flowers, 4, with her lips green from a treat, dances to the music of Legends of the Beach at the final Center Street Jam. The concert series, sponsored by the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp., enjoyed solid turnouts all...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Red Cross now offering tours, stories of hope

Everyone has a Red Cross story, local volunteers say, and they, and the staff at the Wayne County chapter, want the public to share them. It is all part of a new program in which small groups of people...

Families applying for help to pay for lunch

Barbara Ward can remember back to when the number of children receiving free or reduced lunch services in the school system hovered at 49 percent. "I didn't think we were ever going to hit the 50 percent mark," the director...

What's next for city's downtown?

The revitalization of Goldsboro's downtown district is expected to become tangible by late this fall as the first portion of the Center Street Streetscape is out for bids, with bids closing Aug. 29. The first phase of the renovations...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Teacher spots nearly all filled

With only a couple of weeks remaining before students return to the classroom, school officials say they are confident all teaching positions will be filled. Despite growing numbers of retirees each spring, not to mention anticipated cutbacks from the state...

New director named for city Parks and Recreation Department

Beginning Aug. 22, parks and recreation will have a new face to head its department. Scott Barnard will serve as director of the department as interim director Sherry Archibald will relinquish her position to focus solely on her leadership...

Social Security office to close early as result of federal budget cutback

Federal budget cuts are forcing local Social Security offices to close their doors to the public 30 minutes early each weekday starting Monday. The Goldsboro office is located at 2605 Medical Office Place across Wayne Memorial Drive from the...

Water break

Wanda Parrish, 4, gets a cool drink of water while standing on the sidelines at the Mount Olive Hurricanes football team practice late Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures topped out at 97 degrees, and more of the same blistering heat was...

First Carolina Postal Credit Union changing names, location

Patrons calling the First Carolina Postal Credit Union may be surprised when a voice on the other line greets them with "People's Credit Union, how may I help you?" That's because the Goldsboro-based banking institution has changed its name...

Norwayne gets $60,000 grant for computer lab

Norwayne Middle School is slated to receive a $60,000 grant to purchase software and lab furniture to improve its technology lab, officials say. The school is one recipient from a four-county region receiving the Golden LEAF Foundation STEM grant. The...

New American Legion post looking to grow in Pikeville

They have served their country in Vietnam, Europe and Korea, and decades later they're still serving their community in Pikeville. Several local veterans got together and launched Pikeville Post 541 of the American Legion in February. Five months later,...

Retired Navy commander credits Wayne County for his successes

When Lewis Tew looks back at his life, the retired Navy lieutenant commander sees past his 30 years in the Navy, the ports he visited around the world, the wars he survived, past his time as a deep-sea diver...

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Another A/C unit stolen A William Street business became the latest to report a theft to Goldsboro police, as Tuesday, employees at Genesis Beauty Salon told officers a $3,500 air conditioning unit that was last seen Saturday had been removed...

Landfill forced to expand, build new cell

DUDLEY -- Bids on a new $2 million, 22-acre landfill cell are expected back within the next month and once awarded it should take about five months to construct. The timeline is such that the new cell would open...

Goldsboro to start challenger football league

While the Carolina Panthers spent the better part of July trying to secure a contract with quarterback Cam Newton, the number one pick in this year's NFL draft, the football organization was also selecting cities across the state to...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Airman to receive tribute from USO

A 4th Fighter Wing airman who lost his foot during a bomb blast in Afghanistan is among those who will be honored at the USO of North Carolina's "Salute to Freedom Gala" this fall. Staff Sgt. Ben Seekell, a Security...

Two schools open; rest prepare for first day

Classes have started for two of the 31 Wayne County public schools, signaling summer's end is approaching and students will soon be responding to bells and buses again. Monday marked the first day of school at Wayne Early/Middle College High...

Building permits are up in city

Building permits and inspections have seen a marked increase in the city during the last year, but county numbers tell a different story -- one that officials are chalking up to the poor economy. The city has issued 39...

Asperger's school offers students chance to thrive

PIKEVILLE -- The first day of school for Janet Grice's son has always been a struggle. Kenny Wayne, 16, likes science and electronics, but academics are not the problem. It's finding a place where he will be comfortable with...

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More A/C units stolen Another Goldsboro business has been victimized by thieves. Snipes Body Shop reported two air conditioning units -- valued at $3,500 apiece -- were stolen between Friday evening and Monday morning....

Monday, August 8, 2011

Silver Alert issued for Mount Olive man

Mount Olive police have issued a statewide Silver Alert for a missing 44-year old who is believed to be suffering from dementia. Richard Murphy of Mount Olive is described as a white man, 6 feet tall and weighing 200...

Tornado hits part of Wilson Saturday

WILSON COUNTY -- No injuries were reported Saturday after a small tornado packing top winds estimated at 85 miles per hour damaged several turkey houses and downed trees and power lines in the Frank Price Church Road area just south...

Court costs spike in all areas, officials say

State lawmakers have made the cost of going to court more expensive. The changes in the law, which took effect July 1, increased court costs and added fees to services that were previously available at no charge. The hike...

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AC unit stolen A Goldsboro business is the latest victim of a string of thefts. Bill Britt of McIntyre Funeral Home reported to Goldsboro police Saturday that the business's air conditioning unit -- valued at $2,500 -- was stolen overnight....

LaRoque denies any claims of impropriety

State Rep. Stephen LaRoque is denying accusations of impropriety at the two nonprofits he heads in Kinston. Speaking Thursday after an N.C. Policy Watch investigation was published on the group's website Wednesday, LaRoque said he felt the report had...

New Goldsboro city manager officially takes post this morning

Thousands of Goldsboro residents went back to work today, but probably no one had as much on his plate as Scott Stevens, who started his first day as the new city manager. He finds himself in the middle of...

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Man stabbed

An altercation that began when a man's girlfriend was allegedly groped inside a local nightclub led to a vicious assault early Saturday morning, according to a Goldsboro Police Department report. Marquis Chardon Thomas, 27, was beaten and stabbed by three...

Volunteers, wing honor 916th airmen, families

Parker Mann would not be defeated. In his mind, he had accomplished his mission -- firing a ball, successfully, at the target on a dunk tank set up on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base -- and yet the Air...

Shooting supect arrested

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Dudley man wanted in connection with the kidnapping of a Goldsboro woman and firing a rifle into an occupied house was arrested Friday at about 6:30 p.m. in Kinston after officers surrounded a hotel where...

His dream was a wish his heart, faith made

Dr. Burkette Raper's legacy lies with the students whose lives he changed, Mount Olive College alumni and others said last week as they mourned his loss. Raper died Monday and his funeral was Thursday. While paying their respects, many...

Meet the new guy: New Goldsboro city manager Scott Steven starts work Monday

Scott Stevens says that if you were to ask his mother, she would tell you how surprised she was at where he ended up. It's not that she never thought Stevens had the potential to lead a city --...

Pair arraigned for murder

The Goldsboro husband and wife arrested Thursday for killing the man's sister could face the death penalty. Gary Metzger, 54, and Ann Metzger, 34, were each charged with murder Friday morning in connection with the death of Jean Metzger...

Rose Raper: Taking her place, always right by his side

MOUNT OLIVE -- "I feel like half of me is gone," Rose Raper said softy Saturday morning as she reflected on the passing this week of her husband of almost 60 years, Dr. Burkette Raper. "But let's talk about him."...

Malpass Brothers to perform at WCC

The Malpass Brothers, Christopher and Taylor Malpass, will be performing a concert at Wayne Community College on Saturday, August 20 at 7 p.m., just a week before the band travels out of the country to perform in Northern Ireland. The...

Write-ins to decide some municipal elections

Write-in votes, just as they have for years, will decide who will fill the three seats on the Eureka Town board up for election this November. No one filed for any of the soon-to-be vacant slots. But Eureka isn't...

County Health Board will eye cleaning concerns

Insects in bathroom stalls. An undetermined odor in the elevator. Cigarette butts and chewing gum littering the entrance to the county Health Department. There are many housekeeping challenges at the building that houses services catering to the county's health needs,...

New cancer room opens at Wayne hospital

Susan Sutton remembers many parts of her battle against cancer, but one of the most vivid is how cold her bald head got when she was trying to sleep. It was a little hurdle in a pretty tough fight,...

Back home again: Former ambassador Eikenberry and wife, Ching, look back at Afghanistan

RALEIGH -- It wasn't until they were back in the United States, eating at Courtney's Restaurant in Raleigh, that Karl and Ching Eikenberry realized just how stressful their lives in Afghanistan had been. But after two years of hearing...

Bentonville 'Second Saturday' program Aug. 13

FOUR OAKS -- Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site will present a Second Saturday forum on Aug, 13 with a diverse panel of guest speakers. The patchwork of history topics includes 19th century quilts and textiles, the state's Civil War Death...

Friday, August 5, 2011

County ABC results are in

Six of the 30 Wayne County public schools, or 20 percent, made high growth under the state's ABCs accountability model, with 66 percent of them making at least expected growth, according to the state's preliminary 2010-11 ABCs/AYP results, released by...

Cherry director resigns his post

Cherry Hospital Director Philip Cook announced today that he will leave his position at the state psychiatric facility to return to the private health care sector, effective Aug. 30. Cook had served as director of Cherry since April 2009...

Two charged in woman's death

The search for a 66-year-old woman missing since last Friday turned into a homicide investigation Thursday after Goldsboro police discovered her body and arrested two people in connection with her death. Shortly after the remains of Jean Metzger Hubbard were...

Duplin scores reported

Fourteen of the 16 schools in Duplin County met "expected growth" under the state's ABCs accountability results, released Thursday by the Department of Public Instruction. Three of those schools -- James Kenan High, Kenansville Elementary and North Duplin Jr/Sr. High...

His life: Well-lived

MOUNT OLIVE -- The campus of Mount Olive College provided a fitting backdrop as close to 2,000 people gathered over the past two days to remember and pay homage to Dr. Burkette Raper. Raper, 83, president emeritus of the...

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Body of missing woman found, two suspects in custody

Officers from the Goldsboro Police Department and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office have found the body of a missing 66-year-old woman and have two people in custody in connection with her death after a chase and capture this afternoon. Law...

Questions are raised about LaRoque salary

State Rep. Stephen LaRoque is coming under fire for his involvement in two nonprofits that he heads in Kinston. The organizations, East Carolina Development Co. and Piedmont Development Co., are now housed and run under a for-profit company, the...

More thieves targeting copper

There appears to be no end in sight to the copper thefts taking place at homes and businesses throughout Wayne County. From Friday to Sunday, the Goldsboro Police Department received complaints of eight copper thefts, seven of which involved...

Pre-K ruling worry for Wayne County agency

Officials at Partnership for Children of Wayne County say they are caught off guard by a state judge's ruling ordering pre-kindergarten programs to accept every child, with no stipulation of funding being attached. The Department of Health and Human Services,...

In loving memory

MOUNT OLIVE -- Hundreds of people visited Rodgers Chapel at Mount Olive College Wednesday to pay their last respects to Dr. Burkette Raper, the school's president emeritus, who died Monday at age 83. Former students, teachers and members of...

Power lines down

An SUV struck a power pole on Hare Road and Northgold Drive this morning about 8:20 a.m. The driver, the only occupant of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, was taken away from the scene by Wayne County EMS with a leg...

County discusses new policy for naming rights to buildings

Work has not yet started on the county's new senior center, but the county already is fielding inquiries about naming rights for the Ash Street property. Naming county property is nothing new, but what is new is a proposal...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Jobless rates up across state

A report from the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina says government employee layoffs are the root cause of increased unemployment in the vast majority of the state's counties, as June data reveals the unemployment rates rose in 91...

A night out together

An estimated 2,000 people gathered at Herman Park on Tuesday evening to hear music and other entertainment, enjoy food and meet neighbors at the 28th annual National Night Out. The event was sponsored by the Goldsboro Police Department, Wayne...

Dr. Burkette Raper's funeral set for Thursday afternoon

Funeral services for Dr. Burkette Raper, who died early Monday, will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in Kornegay Arena on the campus of Mount Olive College. Raper, who led the college for decades as its president, will lie in...

County already seeing cuts in funding

State budget cuts are beginning to seep into the Wayne County budget and within the coming months could force county commissioners to make service decisions that could eventually affect jobs, County Manager Lee Smith said. "If you remember in the...

Mount Olive residents meet their local police

MOUNT OLIVE -- Several hundred people braved Monday evening's steamy weather to enjoy free food, games, displays of fire, rescue and law enforcement vehicles and each others' company at the town's National Night Out celebration at Nelson Street Park....

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Stray gunfire almost strikes child in home The mother of a 6-year-old child boy was sleeping on couch when a bullet came through a window of the home around 11 p.m. Sunday night and struck a pillow on which the...

Applications now being accepted for grant money

Wayne County has been awarded $43,843 in federal funds under an Emergency Food and Shelter Program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The program assists local charities in providing emergency assistance in the form of meals, shelter, utility,...

Airmen prepare to join Sept. 11 tribute march

Somewhere along a country road, American airmen are marching -- remembering, all the while, just why they signed up for their roughly 150-mile leg of a cross-country journey conceived on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. And less than three weeks...

Goldsboro man: Trip to Nicaragua was 'life-changing'

Every time Brad Jenkins held a Bible study or just visited a home in the remote village of Leon in Nicaragua -- usually just a wood dwelling with no walls and a partial roof -- he thought of his...

Duplin Cooperative Extension gets enthusiastic new director

KENANSVILLE -- Born and raised on her family's farm in Bladen County, Duplin County's new Cooperative Extension director, Wanda Clay, has always been a "country girl." And the lessons she learned early on the farm -- that faith, work...

Fremont Police Department gets new look

FREMONT -- The Fremont Police Department has received a much needed face-lift. Among the recent changes is Paul Moats, who took over the reins as chief more than four months ago. Moats' formidable physical stature is matched by his...

Dads and children invited out to park

Fathers and children are invited to a play date this weekend. "Daddy Day in the Park" will be held on Saturday at Berkeley Park from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. "It's a day where men get a chance to...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

School board eyes changes to discipline

The Wayne County Board of Education spent more than an hour Monday night discussing policies handed down by the state to better regulate discipline and reduce suspensions. Thirty-three new and revised discipline policies -- ranging from student behavior and...

And the heat goes on

Armani Baker, 4, runs through a sprinkler during Family Fun Day at Berkeley Park over the weekend. The festival featured inflatables, music and dancing and even a fresh spray of cool water, a big attraction given the recent heat...

United Way programs

The following organizations and programs are funded through the United Way: * American Red Cross -- Disaster Services; Armed Forces Emergency Services * Boy Scouts Tuscarora Council -- Boy Scouting Education; Boy Scouting Health and Wellness * Boys and Girls...

United Way kicks off Frontrunner campaign

The United Way will not officially kick off its 2011 Community Campaign until the end of the month, but several local businesses have already set the pace for what officials hope will be a lucrative fundraising effort. Campaign chairman Julie...

City Council questions grant rules

When Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. Director Julie Thompson heard April 27 that her grant application for funding from the Main Street Solutions Fund had been approved, her department, city officials and the Arts Council of Wayne County celebrated. The...

Goldsboro woman, 66, reported missing

Police are searching for a missing 66-year-old woman who has not been seen since Friday about 7 p.m. Jean Hubbard of 1017 Taylor St. did not report for work either Saturday or Monday. She was last seen driving a...

Woman taken; ends in shootout

MOUNT OLIVE -- Bullets were fired into a home in the 500 block of Oliver Street after a woman went into the house to escape two men lawmen believe held her against her will. Mount Olive police Chief Brian...

Man dies when truck hits tree

FREMONT -- A Lucama man died Monday morning after the vehicle he was riding in struck a tree. Daniel Edward Hayes, 27, of Tedder Road, was pronounced dead at the scene on U.S. 117 North. The incident occurred around...

Community service program aiming to educate youth, teach useful job skills

Youths lacking education or work skills are encouraged to investigate an opportunity to gain both, as Smart Choices for Youth implements an $875,000 federal grant in the coming weeks. YouthBuild, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, targets youths...

Monday, August 1, 2011

Dr. Burkette Raper dies of cancer at 83

MOUNT OLIVE -- Dr. W. Burkette Raper, who was instrumental in the early development and later growth of Mount Olive College, died early today at home. He was 83. Raper served the college for more than 50 years, more than...

Miss N.C. stops in Goldsboro to raise funds for children

By now, it may be old news that Goldsboro native Hailey Best was crowned Miss North Carolina 2011. But for those in the audience at the Paramount Theater Sunday afternoon, it was like they were hearing it for the...

Expert: There are options for hanging planes in a museum

Although the city has said it will bide its time and examine all of its options with its newly purchased 14,000-square-foot building on Ash Street, there have been discussions all the while about turning the former bank building into...

Commission will discuss paving plans

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning will hold a public hearing on the Department of Transportation's proposed $1.345 million secondary road paving program for the county. The hearing will start at 9:15 a.m. in the commissioners' meeting room on the...

7-year-old killed when SUV crashes

A 7-year-old boy was killed in a single-car accident Sunday afternoon after a vehicle carrying a Seven Springs family left Emmaus Church Road at a high rate of speed and struck a pecan tree. Jordan Perez Vasquez, who was...