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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...