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Friday, September 30, 2011

Barbour gets life for 2009 murder

Steven Lynn Barbour was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday after a jury in Wayne County Superior Court found him guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Jamie Lee Hinson. Hinson, 35, was found beaten to...

Prancing with the pigs

Keiley Severson, a first-grader at LaGrange Elementary School, wore a plaid shirt, cowboy boots and a big smile, minus two front teeth, as she made her way around the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair indoor arena Thursday, guiding her hog...

Local attorney, 41, loses his law license

Twice his defendants stood alone in the courtroom and on Thursday, in what will be the last case the 41-year-old attorney takes, Robert Smith stood alone defending himself in a hearing on two counts of criminal contempt. Smith entered a...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Alzheimer's meeting Oct. 5

Alzheimers North Carolina will be sponsoring an educational meeting and support for families who are taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5 at St....

916th to mark 25 years at SJAFB

From the ground in Afghanistan to the skies just above the North Carolina Air Force base it calls home, members of the 916th Air Refueling Wing will soon reflect on a quarter-century that has seen locally-stationed Reserve airmen rise to...

Suspect says he is innocent

Steven Lynn Barbour, accused of murder, testified Wednesday that he is not responsible for the death of Jamie Lee Hinson. Barbour, 31, is one of three charged with first-degree murder in Hinson's slaying. He could face the death penalty...

Fair weather? Clear.

There was no "opening Thursday" at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair last year. It was far too wet to open the midway. So when Fair Director Milton Ingram checked the 10-day forecast this morning and saw blue skies and clear...

George Holding offers glimpse of beliefs, plans for Congress

When it came to scheduling a site for his first public meeting with the residents of Wayne County since he announced his candidacy for a congressional seat, George Holding said it wasn't much of a challenge. "Wilber's made me...

Mount Olive's airport eligble for a grant

MOUNT OLIVE -- Wednesday's announcement that the town's airport is eligible for $1.3 million in federal aviation funding is a bit of mixed blessing -- even if the town makes the cut, it will be faced with the daunting task...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Jury gets first look at case

Jurors in Wayne County Superior Court heard the opening arguments Tuesday in the murder trial of Steven Lynn Barbour, who is charged with killing Jamie Lee Hinson, 35, in December 2009. Hinson's beaten body was discovered in Evergreen Memorial...

AT&T N.C. chief makes stop at local call center

The president of AT&T's North Carolina operation came to Wayne County Tuesday to, among other things, defend the company's proposed merger with T-Mobile USA Inc. -- a $39 billion takeover that has been in a holding pattern since the Department...

Mother leaves baby in vehicle

MOUNT OLIVE -- A 13-month-old baby early Tuesday morning was found left alone in an unlocked car in which the keys had been left in the ignition. The baby was in an unsecured car seat in the back seat of...

Goldsboro dog rules have little impact

As of March 1, 2010, city dog owners had new rules for how they took care of their pets, as the City Council approved two ordinances regulating pet ownership. But statistics in the year and a half since then...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wayne County gives out millions in food stamps

Benefits paid to Wayne County residents through the Disaster Food and Nutrition Services program (formerly called food stamps) are expected to reach $2 million. As of Saturday morning, 3,587 applications for the benefits had been entered into the state system...

All eyes on BRAC

WALNUT CREEK -- Gov. Bev Perdue asked those who showed up to greet her Monday morning to resist the temptation to pat each other on the back -- to, instead, use the several hours she would be in Wayne County...

Jurors selected in murder case

Twelve jurors and one alternate were selected Monday during the opening day of the Steven Lynn Barbour murder trial in Wayne County Superior Court. Barbour is charged with first-degree murder in the December 2009 death of Jamie Lee Hinson....

Raid nets thousands in street-ready drugs

A Dudley couple have been charged with trafficking in marijuana after the Goldsboro/Wayne County Drug Squad seized more than 40 pounds of the drug from their home Sunday. Dequanta McKinnon, 20, and Jessica Evers, 31, were charged by the...

Public record

Three charged in armed robbery Three men have been charged in the armed robbery of two 16-year-old boys around 11 p.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Beech Street. The three suspects have been charged with robbery of a dangerous...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mount Olive is ready for 2011 Heart Walk

MOUNT OLIVE -- Most walk. Some come in strollers. Still others in wheelchairs. But regardless of how they make the roughly 2.5-mile trek, they all share one thing in common -- a desire to raise money to battle heart...

Local plant will add 137 jobs in county

Cooper Standard Auto-motive will make a $39.6 million investment to expand its Goldsboro operation on Woodland Church Road, while adding 137 new jobs. The announcement was made this morning by Gov. Bev Perdue and plant manager Patrick Clark prior to...

Local volunteers sought for annual state litter cleanup

Last year, 149 Wayne County volunteers picked up more than 600 pounds of trash around 25 miles of roadway. This year during the 2011 Big Sweep, they hope to top that. Big Sweep will be held Saturday from 9...

City is seeking plaintiffs for case

Goldsboro is taking a grassroots approach to soliciting support for its possible legal challenge of a North Carolina law allowing for the deannexation of the Phase 11 portion of the city, an area that contains more than 1,100 residents....

Goldsboro Fire Department responds to 42 calls during week of September 16-22

The Goldsboro Fire Department responded to 42 calls during the week of Sept. 16 to Sept. 22. The responses included 12 assists to Wayne County Emergency Medical Services, 11 false alarms and 9 vehicle accidents. Firefighters also made calls...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Needed: Firefighters

A changing world and a weak economy are taking their toll on the county's volunteer fire departments as memberships continue to drop and funding becomes harder and harder to find, local chiefs say. Wayne County officials say there are...

Wayne jobless rate ticks up slightly in August

Wayne County's unemployment rate ticked up again in August, from 9.2 percent to 9.3 percent -- a figure 0.8 percent higher than in August 2010. Wayne was joined by 46 other North Carolina counties in increases, though rates decreased...

St. Mary's students fight bullying with 'whirled peace'

Bullying may not be a big issue at St. Mary Catholic School now, said Principal Lynn Magoon, but that doesn't mean it couldn't sneak up on them. "We did not have a big problem, but we also did not...

For more than 30 years, firefighting has been Tim Price's life ...

For more than three decades Tim Price has been a member of the Rosewood Volunteer Fire Department. "It is something I enjoy," Price said. "I am 54 right now, and I still love running into a burning house." Price...

Murder trial set to start Monday

On a morning in early December 2009, the badly battered body of Jamie Lee Hinson, 35, was found in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery on U.S. 70 West. The trial of one of the three people accused of killing him, Steven...

... and with almost 10 under his belt, Tyler Gardner hopes it will be his, too

Rosewood volunteer firefighter Tyler Gardner has been fascinated by the lights and sirens of fire engines ever since he was a boy. "I used to see them going down the road, and I always wanted to know where they...

Wayne man shot, killed in Calypso

CALYPSO -- The shooting death of a man Friday afternoon at a residence in Calypso is under investigation by the Duplin County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Blake Wallace said Saturday. Wallace said the victim was Donald Beaman, 46, of Dudley....

Mayor's disability committee award nominations due Oct. 3

Nominations for awards to be presented by the Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities are due by Oct. 3. The awards will be presented by Mayor's Committee at the annual awards luncheon on Oct. 20 at noon at Herman...

County adopts hazard mitigation plan, applies for GATEWAY funding from state

No one spoke at either of the two brief public hearings held Tuesday morning before Wayne County commissioners -- the first on the countywide Hazard Mitigation Plan and the second on an application for $206,220 for the GATEWAY bus...

Norwayne, Eastern Wayne move into modular units

A month into the school year, students at Norwayne and Eastern Wayne middle schools, where an 18-month demolition and construction project is expected to begin in January, have been moved into the modular units that were delivered last spring....

Health officials seek to recommend better birth control

The medical director for the Wayne County Health Department asked the Board of Health this week to approve use of the copper IUD as the primary form of contraception recommended to patients. Dr. Ashton Griffin said that method of...

Local stone mason's handiwork to be on TV tonight

The handiwork of a Wayne County stone mason will be seen tonight when ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" airs its season premiere at 7 p.m. Ricky Faire was among the nearly 500 volunteers who worked on the project in...

Public record

Theft at tobacco barn The Wayne County Sheriff's Office took a report for $60,000 worth of steel tobacco rods stolen from a tobacco barn in the 5300 block of N.C. 111 South in Seven Springs. Between 7, 000 and 8,000...

Saturday's Community Day all about keeping county's kids safe

His eyes wide open, Collin Henderson approached the helicopter on display less than 50 yards from the Berkeley Mall main entrance. "Cool," the 7-year-old said, looking up at his father, Blake. "Can I go for a ride?" The man...

Friday, September 23, 2011

Kindred heroes

DURHAM -- A brief conversation with a young Air Force captain took Walter Perry back more than 40 years. And in his mind -- if only for those few moments -- he was back on the flight line approaching his...

Residents question crossing closings

Eight easels set up at Wayne Middle/High Academy Thursday night detailed the state Department of Transportation's intentions concerning the Wayne County corridor of the North Carolina Railroad, including the proposed closing of four streets where they cross the tracks....

Governor coming to area to discuss base's future

The final installment of a four-part summit created by the governor to strengthen her relationship with the communities that house North Carolina's military bases -- and to ensure the state's installations are protected -- is scheduled to unfold Monday at...

Make-up days are picked for schools

Make-up day for Hurricane Irene closures of Wayne County Public Schools have been announced. The first day classes were out, Aug. 29, will be made up by all traditional schools, including Goldsboro High and Dillard Middle schools, on Friday, Oct....

Teachers will get chance to boost science training

Wayne County Public Schools is one of three districts in the state selected to share a $175,000 grant affording science teachers the opportunity to take part in professional development opportunities, officials announced. The three-year grant will allow 25 teachers...

WAGES to hold clothing giveaway

The WAGES Community Services Self-Sufficiency Project will hold a clothing giveaway on Friday, Oct. 7, in the WAGES multi-purpose room at 601 E. Royall Ave., from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The giveaway is designed to provide gently used...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Family is dueling for cellular dollars

Wendy Hooks' appreciation for competition is well known. Two years ago, while principal at Brogden Primary School, she motivated that community all the way to the finish line in the first year of U.S. Cellular's "Calling All Communities" campaign, earning...

Tax office raided

MOUNT OLIVE -- Agents with the IRS Criminal Investigation Division Wednesday morning raided the MB Insurance and Tax Services office at 507 N. Breazeale Ave. According to information on the office's water bill, the business is listed as Regalado Insurance-Tax...

Plans in place for new 911 center

Construction of a new $2 million Wayne County telecommunications center would not only meet the county's 911 needs for the next 40 years, but would also provide a better and more secure location to store backups of the county's data....

Health Department will get new flooring

The Wayne County manager told the Board of Health Wednesday he would prefer not to sink too much money into the nearly 100-year-old former county hospital building in anticipation of its future move into a new facility, but, in the...

Humane Society will walk this Saturday to help raise funds to feed needy animals

Wayne County Humane Society volunteer Gary Rollins has been at the animal shelter when elderly people have had to leave their only companion there because they can't afford to feed them. "They're in tears because they have to give them...

Public record

Teen given $201K bond Michael Antonio Thompson, 18, of Mill Creek Court, was charged by the Goldsboro police for allegedly robbing a man of an AK-47 assault riffle on Aug. 17. The robbery occurred in the 800 block of Olivia...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

NAACP brings school query to county

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning discarded their normally stoic acceptance of public comments made during their meetings to question county NAACP education chairman Charles Wright after he declined to identify schools used in his presentation that he said illustrated...

Safety check day will include food, fun, deals for families

Bennie Grady remembers when he and other first responders arrived at the scene of a fatal crash -- how the driver of a mangled vehicle left behind a frightened 3-year-old in the back seat. He relives the experience of watching...

Getting set to make their voices heard at ballot box

Samantha Price, a junior at Southern Wayne High School, helped set up a table for voter registration outside the cafeteria Tuesday before hanging a sign encouraging students to stop by and sign up. She hadn't planned to register herself,...

Public record

Woman, 87, assaulted Jennifer Lauren Rouse, 29, of Diddy Bo Lane in Kinston, was arrested by the New Hanover County Sheriffs Office Wednesday after allegedly robbing a women inside of Andy's restaurant on N.C. 111 South. According to a Goldsboro...

Riding shotgun

Everyone wants a better view, and this dog enjoying a cruise down Berkeley Boulevard is no exception. With keen ears and more than a million scent receptor cells in its nose and the roof of its mouth, it's no...

Crossings, cleanup on city agenda

A short presentation on railroad crossing closings highlighted the City Council's work session Monday night as Planning Director Randy Guthrie briefed the council members in advance of a meeting for the public scheduled for Thursday. An informational workshop on...

Hands-on history workshops at Wilson museum

WILSON -- On the first three Saturdays in October, the North Carolina Museum of the Coastal Plain will be hosting hands-on history workshops in historic gardening, blacksmithing, and spinning and weaving. Each workshop will be held from 10 a.m. until...

MOC Bridge Builders dinner set for Saturday

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College will hold its annual Bridge Builders Appreciation Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 24. The dinner will take place at 6 p.m. in the Lois K. Murphy Regional Center on the Mount Olive College campus. The...

Mount Olive College students' work chosen for art show

Tami Foy Grady knows the pain of losing a loved one to war and she has depicted that pain, along with the strength that comes from that loss, in a self-portrait she's titled "War Affected No. 6." The 26-year-old...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Shooting suspect dies of wounds

The Goldsboro man who is believed by authorities to be the gunman who fired a high-powered rifle at a Wayne County Sheriff's Office deputy Friday died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound early this morning. Harold Harloe-Bruce Clother, 30, of...

Franklin Baking seeks OK for rezoning

A rezoning request for a parcel of land at the northwest corner of the West Holly and North Virginia streets intersection attracted the ire of nearby residents at Monday's City Council meeting as five individuals spoke during the public...

Public record

Copper theft A report was filed with Goldsboro police for the theft of copper components of an air conditioner from the Allstate Insurance Co. building at 1112 S. Ash St. The theft occurred between Sept. 15 and Sept. 16....

Funding sought for coach at Southern Wayne High School

The second graduation coach position, at Southern Wayne High School, will continue, at least for this semester, said Sudie Davis, executive director of Communities in Schools. As late as last week, the situation was pretty bleak, she admits now. "It's...

Overcoming obstacles -- with her best friend by her side

Kristie Johnson may have started out trying to cheer up a sick girl she heard about at school, but has wound up being an answer to a prayer for Crystal Mitchell. Crystal, 17, is now home-schooled but previously attended Faith...

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hospital acquiring orthopedic practice

Wayne Memorial Hospital is in the process of acquiring a new practice of physicians, effective January 2012. The board of directors voted this month to sign a letter of intent to have Goldsboro Orthopaedic Associates become part of Wayne Health...

Waiting for more help

The future home for Services for the Aging on Ash Street was a staging ground early today for the distribution of vouchers for people who lost food during Hurricane Irene. Wayne County Sheriff's Deputy Edward Miller watches as the...

Shooting victim found at apartment

A 21-year-old man was fatally wounded by gunfire late Saturday night in a Goldsboro apartment complex. Laquan Devon Pearsall, 21, was shot in the area of the Jefferson Court Apartments in the 1100 block of North Jefferson Street, according...

Churches collect food, supplies for struggling coastal families

When disaster strikes, the American Red Cross sends aid in many forms to those affected, from providing food and shelter to hosting a kitchen to give hot meals to those still without power. But what happens when the Red...

ESL enrollment on the rise

The number of immigrant students in Wayne County Public Schools is climbing, and officials say they expect the trend to continue. "Students born outside the U.S. and have lived in the U.S. three years or less, last year we had...

Commissioners to discuss county Hazard Mitigation Plan

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning will hold public hearings on the county Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan as well as a proposed application for $206,220 in funding through the Rural Operating Assistance Program (ROAP). The hearings will start at 9:15 a.m....

Taste of Wayne tickets on sale

The United Way of Wayne County will sponsor the annual Taste of Wayne food festival on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 5-8 p.m. at Wayne Community College. About 30 restaurants are expected to participate in what has become one of...

Public record

Goldsboro police are investigating these reports: *Yaminika Boyette, 30, of North John Street, reported a black man struck her in the face during an argument at her home and also pushed her 14-year-old daughter. *Donald Wardell Ballard, 35, of Holly...

Historical association, museum photo contests

The Wayne County Historical Association is accepting entries for its photography contests. Entries should be photos of subjects at least 50 years of age. Participants may take photos of historic buildings or artifacts. This includes but is not limited to...

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Assistance available to replace lost food

Starting Monday and continuing through Friday Wayne County residents can apply for Disaster Food and Nutrition Services benefits (formerly called food stamps). The assistance also is available to people not currently receiving assistance. In the days following Hurricane Irene,...

Schools release 10-day numbers

Officials are still sifting through enrollment numbers to determine whether, or where, any staffing shifts might occur following the start of another school year. Classes for most Wayne County Public Schools' students resumed on Aug. 24. Since then, officials...

Olive Garden a step closer; Sears Auto is set for move

The final barrier preventing Olive Garden from coming to Goldsboro should be gone within the next two to three months, a spokesperson for Sears said. Sears Auto Center on North Berkeley Boulevard will move to a location on the...

Mount Olive College holds hurricane-delayed ceremony

MOUNT OLIVE -- Ray Brinchek of Kenly hated seeing his wife come home from work, weary and greasy from her job working on heavy equipment at Caterpillar. More than once, he asked why she didn't return to college to better...

Bids being reviewed for Streetscape project

Although the bids were opened Sept. 6, Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. Director Julie Thompson said she and her associates were not prepared to make a recommendation for the Center Street Streetscape project to the City Council at the meeting...

One who made it home

From a seat hovering just above his fighter jet -- and some 27,000 feet above MiG Alley -- Michael DeArmond watched his burning F-86 explode. Moments later, the pilot was unconscious. And he was falling. "I fell ... to 18,000...

Chamber kicks off fundraising campaign

A lively kickoff ceremony for the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's new fundraising effort Thursday began a seven-week campaign as the chamber seeks to solidify itself as a financially strong entity to assist businesses in the area. The chamber...

Medicaid patients face cuts in exams

Medicaid patients are being encouraged to enroll with a primary card provider to offset state cuts in coverage for eye exams and glasses, as well as some dental treatments, when the cuts become effective in October. The situation concerns...

Program seeking county children

The Partnership for Children of Wayne County is taking applications for the North Carolina Pre-K Program. The program serves children who are at risk and prepares them for success in school. The state-funded program serves children who turn 4...

A wall of tribute

More than 100 service members from eastern North Carolina are memorialized on the traveling Vietnam Wall. The memorial, which will be located through today in Emma Webb Park in Kinston, is a miniature version of the wall in Washington,...

Honoring their grandparents

Amanda Faison hugs her granddaughter, Zamia Lofton, during School Street Elementary School's "Tribute to Grandparents." The event was in recognition of Grandparents' Day. The grandparents in attendance were honored by their grandchildren through songs and speeches....

Nominations sought for awards

The Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilies will hold its Annual Awards Luncheon on Oct. 20 at noon at Herman Park Center at Ash Street. There are five awards given this year: Employee of the Year, Employer of the Year,...

Gospel singer explores faith, life's challenges in new book

Dr. Janice Brown has seen some trouble in her lifetime. Married young and having two children soon after, she caught her husband cheating. She tells of being hit in the mouth, having her two front teeth "knocked in" and being...

DAR will mark Constitution Week beginning Monday

The David Williams Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is observing Constitution Week, which commemorates the signing of the Constitution of the United States. Churches will ring their bells. There will be a display at the Wayne County...

City Council to eye proposals to close roads at crossings

A study on traffic concerning the closing of some roads at rail crossings in the city will be discussed during the work session of the Goldsboro City Council Monday at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Addition at 200...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Flu vaccines are available, officials say

Vaccines for the upcoming flu season are available, officials say, if people will just take advantage of them. "We're ready for them, we have got plenty of vaccine," said Debbie Garner, a nurse with the communicable disease program at the...

Thieves attacking air conditioning units at local churches

The pastor of a church that had all five of its air conditioners stolen said he is asking his congregation to still think of people as basically good. Earlier this month, someone stole the units -- valued at $25,000...

Military history program at CSS Neuse Saturday

KINSTON -- The CSS Neuse State Historic Site and the Governor Caswell Memorial will hold a special program on Saturday, focusing on "Military Through the Ages." This will be a unique chance to look back at the many wars that...

N.C. DOT prepares to pick up debris

The N.C. Department of Transportation Monday began debris removal in counties affected by Hurricane Irene. Contract crews will pick up storm-related debris along state-maintained roads in Wayne, Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash and Wilson counties. Crews in Johnston County have been...

A letter for Ivan

NEW YORK -- Keavy Rake waited until the crowd had zeroed in on one of her comrades before making her move. She didn't want to answer questions about why she was approaching the eternal flame in Battery Park. She didn't...

Public record

Fire report The Goldsboro Fire Department responded to 170 calls from Aug. 26 to Sept. 8. The calls included 48 false alarms, 31 medical assists and 13 vehicle accidents. The two-week period includes calls made in response to the...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Dudley pursuit ends with shots fired

The search for suspects involved in shooting at a Wayne County Sheriff's Office deputy early this morning ended with an attempted suicide. The primary suspect, Harold Harloe-Bruce Clother, 30, is currently in Wayne Memorial Hospital being treated for what...

Cherry employees protest hospital working conditions

A small but vocal group of Cherry Hospital health care technicians attempted to make their voices heard Wednesday afternoon, holding a rally to protest what they feel are unsafe and unfair working conditions. Their complaints, which center around dangerous...

Public record

Items stolen from AT&T truck An AT&T work truck parked in the 100 block of North John Street had a copper DSL test kit and case, valued at $5,000, stolen from a unlocked tool box on the truck while the...

Tax notices delayed by outages

Wayne County tax notices that are normally in the mail by this time of year have been delayed because of storm-related power outages. About 70,000 tax bills will be sent out over the next few weeks, followed closely by the...

Autopsy back on murder victim

Ms. Hubbard's brother, Gary Metzger, 54, and sister-in-law, Ann Metzger, 34, have each been charged with first-degree murder in connection with her death. Police records say Metzger confessed after his capture and arrest to killing his sister July 30. Authorities...

City is working on debris cleanup

City Manager Scott Stevens said he knows Goldsboro residents are frustrated with remaining debris from Hurricane Irene more than two weeks ago as the city has been shifting its efforts from removing trees to removing yard waste. "They're wondering...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wayne inmate confesses to killing woman

An inmate at Wayne Correctional Facility is facing a pending charge of murder in the death of a woman who has, until recently, been known only as Jane Doe to investigators for 11 years. John Wayne Boyer, 54, confessed...

Hospital to raise rates by 5 percent

The board of directors at Wayne Memorial Hospital has approved a 5 percent rate increase as part of the hospital's $191 million budget for fiscal year 2012. The lingering recession, an increasing number of uninsured patients and continued pressure from...

Schools battle for share of grant money

Voting has begun for this year's $1 million Calling All Communities campaign, with several area schools already among the top 100 vying for a share of $1 million in the annual campaign to support education. Eighteen schools across the country...

School board signs papers for construction

Construction projects at Eastern Wayne and Norwayne middle schools are one step closer to fruition after the Wayne County Board of Education signed a funding agreement with the county at its meeting this week. The school board also adopted...

Five sentenced for illegal lottery

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Duplin County couple who pleaded guilty in February to involvement in an illegal "numbers" lottery operation Monday received active sentences in federal district court in Greenville. Three other defendants, who had also entered guilty pleas...

Wall for brothers

William Amerson scanned the faces in a crowd of men and women dressed in blue jeans, bandannas and leather vests covered in patches depicting everything from the American flag to a soldier's rifle. "How many of you guys are Vietnam...

Bojangles' on Spence to be rebuilt

Those with hankerings for seasoned fries and "legendary" iced tea will have to head to the edges of the city limits to get their fix now that the Bojangles' location on Spence Avenue has been demolished. Much of the...

ATV event at Busco Beach brings in sizable revenue

Last week, after a Labor Day weekend that saw Wayne County host a round of the 2011 Extreme Dirt Track National ATV Racing Series, Busco Beach owner Jack Bennett could finally breathe a sign of relief. After a summer...

Pikeville Summer Blast ends summer on a fun note, but remembers 9/11

PIKEVILLE -- During the third annual Summer Blast in the Park Saturday, residents took time for carefree recreation and heartfelt remembrance of those who lost their lives on 9/11. The festival began with a somber opening that included a...

Wayne Memorial hires chaplain

Wayne Memorial Hospital has named a new director of pastoral care. The Rev. Colin Munroe comes to Goldsboro from Black Mountain. An ordained minister of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, most recently he served as a chaplain for...

Public record

Old theft reported at condemned Goldsboro motel  The Gold Inn Motel located at 808 W. Grantham St. had $105,000 of property stolen between Jan. 18 and Feb. 16, according to a police report. The theft was reported Monday. At the...

Carolina East Home Care & Hospice poker run set for Saturday

Motorcycle riders from all over eastern North Carolina will take to the roads Saturday to raise money for Carolina East Home Care & Hospice in the second annual Ride for Relief Poker Run. Starting at Shelton's in Goldsboro, riders will...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Public gets look at proposed district lines

MOUNT OLIVE -- The town's population of 4,589 has changed by only 88 people over the past 10 years, but population shifts have been large enough to force Mount Olive to redraw its district lines for the first time since...

See her at the fair

Allison Jennings, adviser for the Future Farmers of America group at Rosewood High School, and her 6-month-old son, Zade, show students how to properly handle a lamb as they practice their skills for the upcoming fair. The Wayne Regional...

Farmers added to state 'help' list as recovery from Irene continues

Wayne County farmers who suffered close to $22 million in crop losses, mostly to the county's tobacco crop, because of Hurricane Irene are now eligible for Farm Service Agency emergency loan assistance. Gov. Beverly Perdue announced over the weekend...

Researcher: Eastern N.C. needs to find new direction

With its agriculture backbone and budding cities, many residents of eastern North Carolina would say that the economic and social structures of the counties east of Interstate 95 are unique to the region. UNC-Chapel Hill professor Ferrel Guillory agrees,...

Public record

Armed robbery A 19-year-old man reported to Goldsboro police that he was robbed of his backpack by three men armed with crowbars while in the parking lot of Piggly Wiggly on North Lionel Street around 2:40 a.m. Saturday. The...

Family caregiver conference Sept. 22

A family caregiver support program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Waynesboro Historical Village, 801 U.S. 117 South. The goal of the program, titled "Take Time to Laugh and Play,"...

NAACP: Schools are not equal

Eight members from the local NAACP addressed the school board Monday night, claiming "continuing disparity" and the need to make "sweeping changes" to district schools. The 20-minute presentation was to be part of an addendum to the 2009 Title IV...

Monday, September 12, 2011

A tribute's last steps

NEW YORK -- Julie Lamont tried to collect herself but couldn't. "What did he say to you?" her daughter, Stephanie, asked, looking beyond the tears rolling down her mother's face at the airman standing just behind her. "Come on. What...

Bomb threat hits courthouse

Nearly 110 people were evacuated from the Wayne County Courthouse this morning after a device that appeared to be a bomb was found on the property. The device, a cardboard box containing two cylinders and wiring on top of...

Mayor leads moments to honor heroes

When Mayor Al King heard of a national plea for cities across the country to hold a one-minute moment of remembrance at 1 p.m. Sunday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, he knew it was something he had...

Church marks Sept. 11

Nearly 300 American flags blanketed the lawn of Faith Free Will Baptist Church Sunday as members and visitors marked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A fire engine from Dudley Volunteer Fire Department was parked...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Rosewood volunteers will soon have piece of World Trade Center

When the towers of the World Trade Center were struck 10 years ago, firefighters from around New York City headed to what would become known as ground zero after the towers fell. Rescue workers continued to stream in from...

Mission accomplished

It could have been a simple march -- a group of service members carrying a flag to a destination located somewhere within the country they signed up to defend. But when members of the Air Force's Security Forces community set...

They are riding for Jacob

As motorcycles rolled into Shelton's Harley-Davidson Saturday morning and leather-clad men and women filled the parking lot, Allen Floars saw his nearly year-long effort come to fruition. Since the first of the year, Floars has been organizing Jacob's Run,...

Wayne county girl scouts kick off new year

The Wayne County Girl Scouts are preparing to kick off a new year with a series of recruitment and new member meetings. Also, the Wayne County Girl Scouts are looking for leaders. For more information about what it takes, visit...

Legislators: Year of key decisions

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's Legislative Breakfast Friday drew a full house of spectators, but only three legislators -- including one drafted from the audience. Sen. Louis Pate, R-Wayne, and Rep. Efton Sager, R-Wayne, who were joined by Rep....

Jaycees to hold wine-tasting fundraiser Sept. 29

The Goldsboro Jaycees will be hosting a wine-tasting on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 6-9 p.m. at the Lotus Asian Bistro & Lounge on John Street at to raise money for different community events and the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center...

First Responders Week marked by 'Thank You' card campaign

Wayne County is celebrating First Responders Appreciation Week, Sept. 11-17, by participating county-wide in a 'Thank You' card and letter-writing campaign for local firefighters and rescue workers. Gov. Beverly Perdue has officially declared the week of Sept. 11-17 as...

NCDOT examines closing crossings

From staff reports A study by the N.C. Department of Transportation is expected to recommend the possible closure of Mulberry, Virginia, Bryant, Bain and Lionel streets where they cross the railroad tracks. An informational workshop will be held Sept....

Goldsboro mom didn't rest until she heard from her son in New York City

Norma Griffin did not know her son, Alfred, was five blocks away from the twin towers in New York City when the terrorist attacks brought them down 10 years ago. She had started the day on a tour of a...

Disaster recovery centers open

Disaster recovery centers have been opened in Greene and Lenoir counties to help those with property damage and other setbacks from Hurricane Irene. The Greene County center is located at the Snow Hill Fire Station, 201 Carolina Drive, Snow...

Coming Back to Give Back

A trio of Goldsboro High School graduates who made their mark in the military returned to Wayne County last week to "give back" to the community. Sgt. 1st Class Kelvin D. Gerald, 46, Master Sgt. Marshall Watson, 43, and...

9/11 --eyewitness account

Amita Shreenath was supposed to be in the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. "I had a meeting with a client in the World Trade Tower that morning at 8 o'clock," she said. "I was...

Sept. 11's children

Turning 10 years old is a big deal. Double-digits. Moving toward young adulthood. But for the generation of children born around 9/11, the 10-year anniversary looms large and in some cases, has overshadowed what should be a celebratory time. "I...

Seymour Johnson AFB airmen deploy for tour of duty

Jesus Caballero sat with fellow airmen on wide wooden bleachers with a relaxed, confident expression on his face. The 22-year-old airman first class was one of the 270 servicemen and women who filled two large processing rooms at Seymour Johnson...

Friday, September 9, 2011

Prison superintendent named

Cynthia Thornton is the new superintendent at Neuse Correctional Institution, an 828-bed minimum custody prison. Neuse Correctional is the point of entry into the prison system for adult male misdemeanant offenders from all counties. It also processes felons with sentences...

Arrest made in shooting in Fremont

FREMONT -- Fremont police arrested a man accused of shooting a father and son in the front yard of his home Wednesday night. Kentrell Alston, 23, who is believed to have left the scene of the shooting at 302 S....

Churches plan services to honor those lost on Sept. 11

Wayne County's churches are commemorating the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, with special services, a luncheon and even a parade. Pastors will talk about freedom, liberty and hope. Choirs will perform patriotic music. And congregations will be remembering those...

Burying Maj. Thomas Reitmann

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Carol Sumner vowed to stay strong -- to ensure that the day of her husband's funeral was spent celebrating his life, not mourning his death. The truth is, she has already played the role of a grieving...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

SJAFB airmen to deploy very soon

Someone will be missing from this Sunday's service at a downtown church. A regular at the local deli won't show up for lunch. The other parent will be the one dropping off and picking up the children from school....

Arrest made in death of 21-year-old

A suspect in the shooting that killed a 21-year-old man in his car late Sunday night was arrested Wednesday. Shawtanna Lemarus Thompson, 23, of South Slocumb Street, was taken into custody by Goldsboro police and charged with one open...

Bases increase security as 9/11 approaches

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon said Wednesday it is raising the security level at military bases nationwide because of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The White House said that there have been no specific, credible...

Commissioners OK $100,000 for WATCH

Wayne County commissioners were unanimous in their agreement that WATCH (Wayne Action Teams for Community Health), which provides health care, mostly to the county's uninsured, plays a valuable role. What they couldn't agree on was whether it was worth...

Schools add lessons to mark Sept. 11, 2001, anniversary

Educators are incorporating the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, into their lesson plans this week, introducing the event to some students who were just toddlers or not even born when the attacks occurred. Schools have also hosted activities...

Public record

Copper theft A suspect(s) caused a reported $3,000 in damage to A/C unit at a home in the 300 block of Park Avenue in the process of removing $100 worth of copper. The incident occurred between Sept. 2 and...

Labor Day sees number of DWI citations increase

The busy Labor Day weekend led to an increase in the issuance of driving-while-intoxicated citations, according to Wayne County State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. G.L. Burton. Burton said all of the districts took part in a statewide DWI blitz,...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Local worship leader releasing CD

Landon Bartlett is only 8 months old, but he already has a testimony to share, though for now, he's using his dad, Matt Bartlett and his new CD as his outlet. And to celebrate the release of that new...

Pikeville to hold Summer Blast on Saturday

PIKEVILLE -- Pikeville is gearing up for its third annual Summer Blast in the Park, which is being held from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Park of Pikeville. Nearly 15 vendors will be on hand offering arts...

Public record

Man shot Romeo Pantoja Jr., 20, of South Pointe Drive in Mount Olive was reportedly shot in the right leg while in his 2007 Ford Mustang at 300 S. Pointe Road. The shooter was said to be traveling west on...

N.C. DOT reaching out to minority firms for U.S. 70 work

The N.C. Department of Transportation is hosting an outreach meeting this Friday for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises interested in subcontracting opportunities on the upcoming Goldsboro Bypass design-build project. The meeting will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in the...

Church places hundreds of flags to honor those who died Sept. 11

Faith Free Will Baptist Church wants passers-by not to forget that 10 years ago, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives, so the ministers and congregation are flying flags to remind them. The flags in the grassy area next to U.S....

Wayne Memorial Hospital to help mothers improve parenting skills

Now that the kids are back in the classroom, moms are invited to sharpen their parenting skills. A "Back-to-School Boot Camp" for mothers will be held at Wayne Memorial Hospital on Tuesday from 5:30-7 p.m. Continuing the hospital's "LiveWell...

Four arrested on drug charges in Mount Olive

Three men were arrested and jailed under $100,000 bonds on drug charges and a juvenile taken into custody following an investigation and traffic stop by the Mount Olive Police Department. Police seized about eight ounces of powdered cocaine with...

County OKs bonds for schools

Daily fluctuations in federal bond interest rates Tuesday morning forced the county to scramble to make last-minute adjustments to a $15 million bond financing package for the Eastern Wayne and Norwayne middle schools construction projects, but it did not halt...

Plans for veterans clinic get nod from council

The Goldsboro City Council approved site and landscape plans for a proposed Veterans Affairs clinic at its meeting Tuesday. Plans call for creating a VA clinic on the east side of Hospital Road between Medical Office Place and New...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

More counties to get storm help

RALEIGH -- Twenty four additional counties have been designated for federal disaster assistance to help households and businesses recover from Hurricane Irene. Duplin, Greene, Johnston and Wilson counties, along with Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Edgecombe, Gates, Hertford, Jones,...

Family of cyclists uses bikes to make school round trips

As a boy growing up in Germany, Jorge Wagner was used to riding his bicycle to school. And now that he is a teacher and coach at Eastern Wayne High School, he has continued the habit. He and his...

Company to transport large-scale equipment

Motorists who travel on U.S. 117 between Dudley and U.S. 13 and on U.S. 13 to Providence Church Road could experience some delays over the next two months as Progress Energy transports several large pieces of equipment to the...

Hospital project on track for 2012

Construction of the expanded emergency department at Wayne Memorial Hospital is progressing smoothly, officials say. "I know we're on schedule, even with the weather," said Joe DePalantino, vice president of operations. "Right now we're putting up the steel structures...

Veterans make plans for annual holiday parade in county

They have been planning it for nearly a year -- the Veterans Day celebration that is about far more this time around than children waving American flags lining downtown sidewalks. So despite the fact that their parade is more than...

Monday, September 5, 2011

Public hearing on school bonds Tuesday

On Tuesday morning, Wayne County residents will have the opportunity to be heard on the county's plans to finance two school projects by selling $15 million in bonds and to assume ownership of the school properties as collateral. The public...

Scholarships available for veterans' children

RALEIGH -- As families participate in the annual ritual of back-to-school preparedness, the N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs is reminding eligible students to apply for college scholarships available to children of North Carolina war veterans. "In appreciation for the service...

City Council hearing Tuesday on demolition of Gold Inn

A public hearing concerning the use of Community Development Block Grant funds to demolish the Gold Inn on West Grantham Street will be the only hearing at Tuesday's City Council meeting. The meeting will be held at City Hall...

Man shot to death Sunday night

One man died and another received minor injuries when a gunshot was fired into the two victims' car as they were riding down the 900 block of Olivia Lane on Sunday night. Darrel Best, 21, was taken by ambulance...

Couple doesn't let storm stop wedding

There is an old adage that goes, if it rains on your wedding day, you will be blessed with a long and happy marriage. If this saying holds true, Brooke Goff and Stephen Tart, whose wedding was paid an...

AgCarolina Financial holding food drive until Oct. 12

AgCarolina Financial will be conducting a food drive at their Customer Appreciation events with donations going to the Food Bank of North Carolina in Raleigh and Greenville. The food drive is in association with the Cooperative Council of North Carolina's...

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A chance to get ahead

Wayne Community College is in the process of transforming its dual enrollment programs -- classes providing high school and college credit. Two of the more well-known offerings have been cooperative education and Jump Start, allowing students to advance through...

Domestic violence suspect shot by county SWAT team

A Wayne County man was shot by a SWAT team sniper Friday after threatening a Fremont family and firing at sheriff's deputies. On Friday, at approximately 8:40 p.m., Wayne County Sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic dispute call at...

Petitions aren't in the hands of residents

Officials at the Wayne County Board of Elections are still awaiting preclearance before they mail petitions gauging property owner opinion about the deannexation of Goldsboro's Phase 11 area. The area, which includes Fallingbrook and other residential neighborhoods on and...

First ATV race draws crowd to Busco Beach

Not bad for a soybean field. Nearly 11 months ago, Jack Bennett envisioned building a dirt track in hopes of drawing more attention to Busco Beach. He talked extensively with the Goldsboro/Wayne County Travel and Tourism Board and officials...

Tree removal now big business

Hurricane Irene left a swath of downed trees across eastern North Carolina, creating a demand for people who specialize in removing them. One such expert is Russ Hubbell, owner of Directional Falling. For Hubbell, the damage from Irene, coupled...

County works to make sure food is safe after power goes out

Even when he's not officially on duty, inspecting area food stands, Shane Smith, program coordinator for food and lodging with Wayne County Health Department, pays attention to how area businesses are conducting their operations. So, in the aftermath of...

Norwayne alumni have lot of 'fun' coming back

FREMONT -- Two beloved teachers were chosen as grand marshals for Saturday's 39th annual parade as part of the reunion weekend of Norwayne Alumni and Friends. Olivia West and Doris Joyner, now retired from the school system, both taught...

Soup kitchen, food pantries have little increase in need after storm

Natural disasters often test humanitarian aid groups like soup kitchens and food pantries and their ability to deliver to those in need, but support organizations throughout Wayne County said they weathered the storm with little to no issues when...

3 young women to attend Debutante Ball

Three young women from Goldsboro will be among the179 debutantes presented at the 85th annual North Carolina Debutante Ball, held in Raleigh the weekend of Sept. 9. It is sponsored by the Terpsichorean Club of Raleigh, formed in the 1920s...

Friday, September 2, 2011

Red Cross faces critical blood levels

Within a few weeks, most Wayne County residents will have moved beyond Hurricane Irene. But local Red Cross officials fear the blood supply will not soon recover -- unless, of course, the public responds to the shortage caused by the...

Art back on the market

Beth Hill, right, and Mary Ann Barwick look at paintings on display at the Arts Council of Wayne County's art market Aug. 26. The art market reception was the public's first look at the Arts Council since it moved...

Law enforcement urging extra caution on roads during holiday

Local lawmen are preparing for roadways to be extra busy and dangerous this weekend with Labor Day traffic, and they want area residents to take extra precautions to stay safe. Goldsboro police and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office also...

Norwayne alumni holding annual reunion this weekend

FREMONT -- For the 39th year, Norwayne Alumni and Friends is holding its annual parade and reunion in Fremont on Saturday. The day's festivities will begin with a parade that kicks off at 10 a.m. at Martin Luther King...

Dove hunting season starts Saturday

This weekend marks the opening of dove hunting season, so county residents should expect to hear some gunfire. The season starts at noon Saturday and runs until Oct. 8. Hunting is permitted until sunset. Officials with the state Wildlife...

Mall will reopen Saturday after hurricane roof damage

One week after its roof collapsed as Hurricane Irene blew through, Berkeley Mall will reopen Saturday. The mall's three department stores, Belk, JCPenney and Sears all opened Thursday. However, patrons still will not have full access to the mall....

County reviews eligibility for aid

Federal and state officials were in Wayne County Thursday to assess the damages left by Hurricane Irene and to start the process of determining whether or not they reached the threshold needed to trigger release of federal disaster dollars. As...

Health officials: If in doubt, toss food

In the aftermath of a hurricane, having to assess damages and wait out lengthy power outages can be stressful. Adding insult to injury is the possibility that everything in that refrigerator or freezer is no longer safe to consume. Even...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bringing in the crop after the hurricane

PIKEVILLE -- Standing on the dirt path that cuts through his family's tobacco patch, fourth generation farmer Paul Daw glances over at the modern automated harvester sitting useless and silent at the edge of the field. Just as generations...

Dees named public relations director at local hospital

A new director of public relations has been hired by Wayne Memorial Hospital. Georgia Martin Dees, who spent 11 years as community relations director for The Pines of Goldsboro Assisted Living, took over the reins earlier this month. The job...

Most electricity restored in area

As of this morning Progress Energy has restored power to all but three of its Wayne County customers -- one in Goldsboro, one near N.C. 111 South and the other east of town near Beston Road. According to the...

Miss North Carolina to raise funds for Live On Foundation Friday

Miss North Carolina 2011, Hailey Best, is hosting the Crowns, Kids and a Cause fundraiser, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Park House in Herman Park. This is Miss Best's first official fundraiser for her community service platform,...

City parks weathered Irene well

Thanks to Hurricane Irene's late downgrade before coming ashore and some preventive planning by the Parks and Recreation Department, department head Scott Barnard said the parks across the city are all in good shape despite the hurricane. Although a...

Department stores open at mall today

Three of the Berkeley Mall stores reopened this morning after a roof collapse in the mall closed their doors for several days. All three department stores cleared inspections Wednesday and are now open for business. JCPenney store manager Karen...

Deadline for bids on project are delayed

Bids for the first block of the city's Center Street streetscape renovation project will be delayed a week and a day thanks to some changes in the project's scope and Hurricane Irene. The bids, which were originally due Monday,...

Branch hits pillow where child was just sleeping

Hurricane Irene brought a near miss for a local Goldsboro family -- a fallen tree that could have taken away something much more precious. Stephanie Ross recalls driving up and down Mulberry Street as a little girl and always...

Reward offered to locate suitcase, photos

The search continues for a black rolling suitcase containing photos of a Jacksonville widow's husband who was killed while in Iraq several years ago. Last weekend's hurricane delayed things a bit, Lindsay Whitehouse said, but she is still not quite...