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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Is Marvin Williams competent for death penalty?

A Goldsboro man who has spent the past two decades on death row will find out Thursday morning if his attorneys have been successful in convincing a judge that he is mentally retarded and should not be executed for the...

Rapist gets time in prison

The suspect in the 2010 rape of an 85-year-old woman just outside of Mount Olive pleaded guilty earlier this month in Duplin County Superior Court. Romeo Villatoro will serve between 18 and 24 years in prison after pleading guilty...

Driver to plead in deadly crash

Mark Aaron Pope of Fremont is expected to appear in Wayne County Superior Court on Wednesday morning to face charges in connection with the death of three passengers who were with him when he crashed his car in October...

Kidnap victim released; one still being held

One of the two Goldsboro men kidnapped at gunpoint by six masked men Sunday night has been released. Israil Aguirre, 24, was set free Monday morning, Wayne County Sheriff's Office deputies said. Geniro Jamis, 48, is still being held by...

Monday, January 30, 2012

Kidnap victims are still missing

Two Goldsboro men were kidnapped at gunpoint Sunday night after the vehicle in which they were traveling was stopped by suspects who used a blue light to pull them over, deputies with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said today....

County netted 468 jobs in 2011

Expansion at 15 Wayne County companies created 605 jobs and made $56.3 million in new investments in the county during 2011. Those gains were offset somewhat by the closing of four companies and the loss of 137 jobs for...

Game summit planned for this weekend at Wayne Community College

Britt Griffith of the SyFy channel's "Ghost Hunters" program and officials with Penny Dreadful Productions, an Atlanta-based production company, will make the keynote presentation this weekend at the seventh annual Carolina Games Summit at Wayne Community College. Building on the...

Gastroenterologist joins Wayne Health's new clinic

As a child growing up in Virginia, Stewart Futch was a typical boy, scoping out frogs in his backyard. His mother, a career nurse, always encouraged him to enter medicine. But perhaps what really sealed his fate was being named...

Ceremony recognizes Tuscarora Council's newest Eagle Scouts

Nearly 70 young men gathered at the Southern Bank Auditorium on Mount Olive College's campus Sunday to be recognized for earning the rank of Eagle Scout during the Tuscarora Council's annual recognition event. The four-county council also honored three...

Inmate in court to void death penalty

A Goldsboro man on death row for the 1989 murder of a co-worker during a robbery was scheduled to be in Wayne County Superior Court today seeking reprieve under a 2001 state law that prohibits anyone who is mentally...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

How does Wayne County protect Seymour Johnson AFB?

It wasn't news that local leaders -- or residents -- thought they would hear for years to come. But Defense Secretary Leon Panetta delivered it anyway Thursday afternoon. And while his proposed round of base closures would only come to...

County sends final list to radio system vendor

Whether or not Wayne County's new $10 million emergency radio system is complete might be a sticking point between the county and the company doing the work, but there has been no mention of legal action by either party, Wayne...

Crimes in city steady in 2011

Goldsboro police Interim Chief Jeff Stewart said the 2011 crime statistics released by his department this month show steady and satisfactory results from the patrol and investigative divisions. The violent crime index, which includes murders, rapes and aggravated assaults,...

Wayne Community College sends two more cannons to Fort Macon

Two more Civil War replica cannons have been crafted by Wayne Community College students and are being taken to Fort Macon State Park in time for its 150th Civil War Re-enactment in April. Machining and welding students followed plans...

Science fair winners

Only those grades three and older were eligible to attend the regional competition at UNC-Wilmington Feb. 11. The following were winners in individual categories. * the 12 local winners chosen to move on to the regional level. K-2: First place,...

Science made fun

Nicholas Yelverton's project in Saturday's science fair was based on simple logic. "I thought it would be fun," he said, "because I like to build with Legos." The fifth-grader at Fremont STARS Elementary School explained his entry in the...

Good for the eyes

Downtown Lions Club member Carolyn Kirkland administers a free near-vision test to Randall Lloyd inside the Lions Club Vision Van at Herman Park Saturday. The Downtown Lions Club has offered free vision screenings to people for the last 10...

Ten to compete for Miss Spring Creek on Saturday

Ten contestants will vie for the title of Miss Spring Creek 2012 at the Paramount Theater Saturday night at 6 p.m. The 10 contestants are: * Grecia Aguirre, a 16-year-old junior and the daughter of Olinda Palacios and Saul...

Wayne AYP scores drop, but still tops in region

Fewer Wayne County public schools met the raised benchmarks for the federal No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2010-11 school year. However, the system still achieved well enough to rank second among the state's 20 largest...

AARP offering tax help to seniors

Free tax counseling and simple income tax preparation for senior citizens and taxpayers with low incomes will be available from AARP Tax-Aide counselors at the Wayne County Public Library on Mondays and Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 31. Help will be...

Friday, January 27, 2012

A business success. A community leader.

As video messages rolled across the projector screen during the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet Thursday evening at Walnut Creek Country Club, it became apparent who was the newest recipient of the Chamber's highest award. But even...

City police chief search continues

The pool of applicants vying for the position of Goldsboro police chief reached 74 before the Jan. 17 deadline, and now city officials are working to winnow that number down to five as they hope to have a new...

Rumor is true: City roped new restaurant

Another full-service restaurant is expected to open on North Berkeley Boulevard near Berkeley Mall as the Goldsboro Planning Commission will evaluate a site and building plan for a Longhorn Steakhouse at its Monday meeting. The location of the proposed...

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A/C thefts continue at homes, church *Cassandra Roberts reported the theft of $200 of copper tubing from an HVAC unit from her home in the 1100 block of Elizabeth Street that occurred between Monday and Wednesday. The damage caused to...

Three Wayne Country Day students honored at regional art competition

Three Wayne Country Day School students received recognition in the Scholastic Art Awards for eastern/central North Carolina, hosted by Barton College in Wilson. More than 2,000 entries were received in the annual art and writing contest for grades seven...

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Gov. Perdue expected to announce she will not seek re-election

RALEIGH-- Local Democratic and Republican leaders reacted this morning with surprise upon learning that North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue will not seek re-election and wondered how the decision will color this year's election. Perdue was expected to make a...

Dance contestants keep eyes focused on their partners -- and the prize

With eight weeks to go until the second annual Dancing Stars of Wayne County, the competition is well under way, organizers say. The 25 contestants have been busy scheduling rehearsals, said Debbie Grady, chairwoman of the event, and Top Hat...

Beekeeper classes planned

The Neuse Regional Beekeepers Association is looking for people interested in learning how to keep bees. The association is planning a series of beekeeping classes in February at the Agriculture Extension Service office in Kinston. Dates and cost will...

Diabetes management classes to be offered

Diabetes Management Solutions will hold a series of diabetes self-management classes at the Mount Olive Walmart beginning in February. The free classes will be taught by certified diabetes educators. To attend the three-class clinical series, though, a physician's referral...

Decision delayed on renderings of downtown business facades

Goldsboro's City Council delayed a decision on a Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. initiative to prepare renderings of buildings in support of DGDC's facade grant program Monday, led mostly by Mayor Pro Tempore Chuck Allen's opinion that the initiative should...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Delays in bid rigging scheme cases

Sentencing has been rescheduled for two people who have pleaded guilty in a big-rigging scheme involving Wayne County Public Schools. Pamela Carol Turner, 45, of Selma, owner of All American Roofing and Construction, was to be sentenced next Monday...

Council devises means to fund project

Discussion of the Center Street Streetscape project dominated much of the Goldsboro City Council's work session Monday night, as Finance Director Kaye Scott shared financing options for the nearly $2 million renovation to the 200 block of North Center...

County students win regional art honors

Twelve area student artists and photographers earned Gold and Silver Key awards at the regional level of the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program, held recently at Barton College in Wilson. Four Wayne County Public Schools were represented...

City moves ahead with museum plans

As the Air Force Museum Citizen Committee prepared for its second ever meeting, member Martha Bryan turned to Assistant City Manager Tasha Logan and complimented the city's recent addition to its newest building acquisition at 2406 E. Ash St.:...

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Woman robbed while in home Ashley Rich, 26, reported being robbed at gunpoint in her apartment in the 200 block of Linwood Avenue Monday morning. Ms. Rich told Goldsboro police she heard a knock at her door and when...

Dating Doctor visits Mount Olive College with words of advice

For all those single people living in Wayne County, and especially those at Mount Olive College, the Dating Doctor has a piece of advice -- no one is going to ring your doorbell on a Wednesday night and say...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Board donates $500,000 to Mount Olive College in honor of Bryan

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Southern Bank Foundation has donated $500,000 to Mount Olive College in memory of Byron Bryan, former bank board member and college trustee. The gift came after a request for funding assistance from Mount Olive College,...

Man runs to escape sex abuse charges

A Pikeville man was arrested Friday for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl. Joshua Daniel Pelt, 42, of 1228 Gurley Dairy Road, was taken into custody by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and charged with first-degree rape of a child and...

Robbers hit local eateries

Two area fast food restaurants were robbed Monday night by masked men carrying weapons. Goldsboro police said three men wearing masks and carrying handguns robbed the KFC at 214 N. Berkeley Blvd. about 8 p.m. Snow Hill police Chief...

Law changes reporting procedures

A new state law that went into effect this month to protect adult care home residents will hopefully also ensure improved reporting to local health departments, officials say. Ever since a hepatitis B outbreak claimed six lives at GlenCare assisted...

Parents say rezoning could be dangerous

About 40 citizens turned out for the Goldsboro City Council meeting Monday night, mostly to express their opposition to a zoning request for the southeast corner of the intersection of Wayne Memorial Drive and Tommy's Road, citing concern for...

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Firearms stolen in area thefts *John Bartlette reported the theft of two 12-gauge shotguns, each valued at $200, from an outbuilding without doors on his property, located in the 700 block of South Beston Road in LaGrange, that occurred between...

'Second Chance' event planned for Wednesday

The STOP the Funeral Initiative, in collaboration with Rebuilding Broken Places CDC, the Goldsboro Wayne Chapter of the NAACP and Covenant Partners from the faith community, is implementing a unique focused strategy in response to gang-related violence and drug...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Defunct park alliance transfers funds to city

The assets from a dissolved nonprofit organization will be donated to Goldsboro's Parks and Recreation Department persuant to state law -- and plans are in the works to create a subcommittee of the parks advisory board dedicated specifically to...

Homegrown delivery -- Produce makes housecalls

MOUNT OLIVE -- The freshly cut vegetables Tony and Kristal Jones were packing into boxes Thursday afternoon were just hours away from local tables. The only way to get fresher vegetables is to harvest them from your own garden,...

Monica Holmes receives MOC Byrd Award

MOUNT OLIVE -- Monica Holmes, manager of faculty records at Mount Olive College, received the J. William Byrd Award for Staff Excellence during the college's spring conference. The award is given in honor of Dr. J. William Byrd, president...

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Family dispute ends in gunfire A Rosewood man is in Pitt Memorial Hospital today for a gunshot wound allegedly inflicted by his cousin Sunday night. Victor Lee Cox, 29, was shot once with a handgun apparently fired by Lawrence Ray...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

United Way chief: Changes will not curtail funding

Despite changes in the procedure by which local organizations will receive money beginning next year, United Way of Wayne County Executive Director Stephen Parr doesn't anticipate any significant changes in donations or the distribution of funds to nonprofits. Parr...

Relationship expert to speak at MOC on Monday night

David Coleman, America's Dating Doctor, will be on the Mount Olive College campus on Monday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. in Southern Bank Auditorium to give his award winning lecture "Making Relationships Matter." Coleman spends his time traveling to colleges...

Progress Energy plant on the rise

As many as 1,100 construction workers have been on site at Progress Energy's new $900 million natural gas-fired power plant, well above the 500 construction jobs that had been anticipated when the project was first announced in August of 2009....

Miss Spring Creek Pageant set for Feb. 4

The 2012 Miss Spring Creek Scholarship Pageant will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets are $10 at the door. Donations are still being accepted to help with scholarship opportunities. For more information or...

Marshall Tucker Band coming to Duplin Events Center

Celebrating its 40th year as a group, the Marshall Tucker Band will bring its jazzy southern rock sound to the Duplin County Events Center Jan. 27. Led by singer Doug Gray and the late Tommy and Toy Caldwell, the...

Mount Olive girl wounded in drive-by shooting

MOUNT OLIVE -- A 12-year-old girl was injured when she was struck by a bullet after her home was riddled with gunfire early Friday morning while she, her mother and four other adults were asleep, according Mount Olive police....

Genealogy workshop to be held at Aycock Birthplace

FREMONT -- A Genealogy Workshop for Beginners is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace State Historic Site. Debra Blake and Chris Meekins from the state Office of Archives and History will give an overview...

Duplin County Agribusiness Dinner set for Jan. 30

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Agribusiness Council will hold its annual dinner meeting on Monday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Lois G. Britt Agricultural Center in Duplin Commons, across from James Sprunt Community College. The keynote speaker will...

Wayne County Public Schools hope for better economy

No matter how tough things get for the public schools, Dr. Steven Taylor, schools superintendent, tries to remain upbeat. It sets the tone, he said. "Being in a leadership position, we have to remain positive," he said. Whether it's...

City Council to eye Center Street project

The Center Street Streetscape projects is expected to get an extensive look during the Goldsboro City Council's Monday work session ahead of its regular meeting at 7 p.m. The session will begin at 5 p.m. in the City Hall...

Alzheimer's evening support group being formed

A new evening support group is being formed for families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's or related dementias. An existing daytime group currently meets the first Wednesday of each month from 10-11:30 a.m. in the parlor of St. Paul...

Friday, January 20, 2012

W.A. Foster reopens today after asbestos investigation

Goldsboro's most-used recreation facility opened back up today after almost a month of closure due to asbestos concerns and subsequent studies to determine whether it was safe. Parks and Recreation Director Scott Barnard said Thursday that W.A. Foster Recreation...

His thoughts are still on the field

No target has been established some 60 feet away from the young man with a baseball in his hand. For now, the spot behind home plate is empty. The Eastern Wayne High School baseball team planned it this way. They...

County gets 'A' for 2011, Bell says

Wayne County government deserves an "A" not only for maintaining its tax rate, budget and departments, but for doing so without experiencing the same level of economic woes other counties in the state faced in 2011, says John Bell, chairman...

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Victim shot in the leg Goldsboro police are investigating an incident in which a 26-year-old was shot in the leg on the 700 block of East Ash Street on Jan. 18. According to the report, police found Donnie Cox...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

D.A.M. will set sights on new vision

A downtown merchant and prominent figure on the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. board of directors has stepped down from his role to create a separate downtown organization uniting downtown business owners. Matt Young, an owner of The Flying Shamrock...

What will it take to improve health?

Imagine a healthy Wayne County. What would that look like? Fifty representatives from around the county turned out Wednesday morning at Lane Tree Golf and Conference Center to brainstorm answers to that question. Hosted by Wayne Memorial Hospital and Wayne...

Forum: County must protect farms, industry

A reliable and legal work force, overregulation, high taxes and a shrinking amount of farmland pose serious challenges to an agriculture and agribusiness industry that annually pumps more than $763 million into Wayne County's economy. Speaking Wednesday morning at the...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Continuing education offers many options

Wayne Community College is refining its continuing education offerings, giving residents the chance to study everything from floral design to electrical contracting, officials said. Ray Burrell, vice president of continuing education services, said there are a variety of classes from...

GOP chief seeks voter ID query if county surveys

Wayne County taxpayer dollars could be put to better use than paying for a survey of local residents, but if county commissioners decide to proceed with a survey, they should ask residents how they feel about voter identification, Wayne County...

Youth caught selling marijuana out window

FREMONT -- A 17-year-old Fremont youth was arrested after police heard he was allegedly selling marijuana from the window of his home. Brandon Lee Hester, of 202 E. South St., was charged Monday with possession with intent to manufacture, sell,...

Commission rezones U.S. 13 South property

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning approved a rezoning request for property on U.S. 13 South. Three subdivision plats were approved in a separate action. The board then devoted the final two hours of its meeting to sitting as the Board...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pickle planners prepare for another festival of fun

Committee members for the 26th Mt. Olive Pickle Festival are heading to Charlotte this weekend for the Carolina Showfest to attend workshops and, hopefully, to take home multiple awards. Chairperson Julie Beck said the festival is competing in about...

Spying on the city's traffic signals

Bobby Croom's commute from Wilson to his City Hall office takes him down Interstate 795 to Ash Street, so it's not likely the traffic signals on Wayne Memorial Drive and Berkeley Boulevard would have much effect on him. But...

Kennedy's miracle

The Dean family's best Christmas present did not come in a box. It was the news that 7-year-old Kennedy was coming home after spending 104 days at Pitt Memorial Hospital recovering from a brain hemorrhage that could have taken...

County: Survey not bid to take over

A county government survey of its volunteer fire departments is absolutely not intended as the beginning of an effort to take over their operations, County Manager Lee Smith says. The survey is intended to give county officials an idea of...

F-15E makes history

On a "moonless" February night in 1991, a Seymour Johnson Air Force Base F-15E saved a small group of American troops that was pinned down just outside Baghdad -- and made history when it became the first Strike Eagle to...

LaGrange man sentenced on federal charges

A LaGrange man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal drug charges. Terrace Levon Jones, 26, of LaGrange, was sentenced this week by Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard...

Monday, January 16, 2012

Library adding security officer

As of Friday, an off-duty police officer will monitor Steele Memorial Library for a few hours per day to help crack down on security after two more break-ins occurred the first week of January and to prevent noise disruptions...

Register of deeds seeking re-election

Wayne County Register of Deeds Lois Mooring will seek a third term in office, she has announced. Mrs. Mooring, who has served in the position since 2004, said last week she will be filing for re-election when the filing...

Film festival launches this weekend at Wayne Community College

Growing up in a military family, Anita Croasmun's weekends were typically spent at the movie theater. "You could go to the movies for a nickel," she recalls. She has parlayed her love of movies -- a celluloid version of...

Business support needed for career fair

The third annual seventh-grade career fair is just weeks away and the biggest concern is that all the tables be filled by local employers interested in recruiting the next generation of workers. "We want both days to be equally rich...

Still dreaming

He was with Coretta Scott King just a few months before her death -- and listened as one of the world's most famous widow's revealed the next fight her late husband would have waged had he not been assassinated. But...

City man charged with neglect of dog, puppies

A mother dog and four puppies seized by Goldsboro police from an abusive downtown home late last month are now safe in a Philadelphia home. Roger Wade Houston, 50, faces charges of animal abuse in connection with his alleged...

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Stabbing Goldsboro police responded to the home of Kenneth Edwards, in the 200 block of South Virginia Street, after the 34-year-old was stabbed. Edwards reported to authorities that he was stabbed in the left arm by a woman during an...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Miss Wisconsin is new Miss America

Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler was crowned Miss America Saturday night. Miss North Carolina, Hailey Best of Goldsboro, earned a spot in the top 15 semifinalists but was eliminated when the field was trimmed to 12. Miss Oklahoma was first runner-up...

Jake's team

Her head bowed and eyes closed, Mary Lou May spent several moments in quiet reflection -- calling on a higher power to heal her grandson, Jake. But when one of the hundred-plus people who came together at Herman Park Saturday...

Doritos commercial contest

An aspiring actor from Goldsboro is featured in one of five Doritos commercials in the running to be aired during the Super Bowl. Jason Walston, 26, appears in "Hot Wild Girls," one of five consumer-created commercials vying for $1 million...

County to weigh zoning change

Wayne County commissioners are expected to act Tuesday on a rezoning request from Robert Perkins for property he owns on U.S. 13 South near Sandhill Drive. During a public hearing on the request held at the board's Jan. 3...

Making health care accessible in schools

Since school-based health centers were introduced at two public schools in 1997, the service has expanded into six middle and high schools, with an average enrollment of 90 percent of students at each taking advantage of the access to health...

Students can enter writing contest

Wayne County Reads is sponsoring a writing contest in conjunction with its 2012 campaign that features the novel "The Pleasure Was Mine," by Asheville writer Tommy Hays. The book is about Alzheimer's and how one man copes with the...

Thomas to lead Wayne Health Physicians

Louis Thomas of Asheville has been named executive director of Wayne Health Physicians. Wayne Health Physicians, an affiliate of Wayne Health Corp., is made up of five medical practices with 16 physicians, including primary care and subspecialty care doctors....

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Thefts reported *J.M. Pate Jr., reported the theft of an air-conditioning unit, valued at $4,500, from a home in the 400 block of Durham Lake Road in Dudley. The unit was removed between Jan. 1 and Jan. 11. *Gamara...

Holiday closings announced for Monday

Local, state and federal offices, banks and the post office will be closed Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Wayne County Public Schools and Wayne Community College will be closed, too. All Wayne County government...

Social worker receives national award for efforts

When school officials looked at the criteria for a national award for "Outstanding Individual Working in a Program" to support homeless students and families, one name readily came to mind. Donna Best has been a social worker with Wayne...

Applications due Feb. 23 for Youth Legislative Assembly

RALEIGH -- The Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office of the North Carolina Department of Administration will accept applications through Feb. 23 for the 42nd annual Youth Legislative Assembly, to be held March 23-25 in Raleigh. Registrations will be accepted on...

Friday, January 13, 2012

Roads on list for repairs

Work could begin as early as March 16 on $1.5 million in resurfacing on sections of U.S. 13, U.S. 70 and N.C. 581 totaling 10.2 miles. The Department of Transportation awarded the contract to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson....

Wells: 4th is first

From the cockpit of an F-16, a younger Lawrence Wells saw just why the F-15E Strike Eagle -- and the airmen who command them -- have been the choice of combatant commanders since the day the airframe was first...

Inmate fighting death penalty

A Goldsboro man on death row for the 1989 murder of a co-worker during a robbery will be in Wayne County Superior Court Jan. 30 seeking reprieve under a 2001 state law that prohibits anyone who is mentally retarded...

Family Dollar store robbed

Two men wearing ski masks robbed a Family Dollar store early Thursday. The men, who also wore hooded sweatshirts, entered the store at 102 Five Points Road in the Mar-Mac community at about 8:30 a.m. and demanded money. They...

Getting ready for the 'Garden'

Workers begin the demolition of the former Sears Auto Center on North Berkeley Boulevard Thursday. Once the site is cleared, an Olive Garden restaurant will be built in its place. Sears Auto Center has relocated near Kmart....

Powerhockey tryouts Saturday

Open tryouts for the Carolina Fury Powerhockey team will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Charles B. Aycock High School. This year's team plans to travel to Ottawa, Canada, to compete for the Powerhockey Cup, said the...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Fourth-grader earns top score and $20,000 college scholarship

DeQuan Jefferson was so nervous Tuesday morning, he was afraid he would "bust out laughing" when his name was called. Instead, the 10-year-old beneficiary of a $20,000 scholarship to Appalachian State University maintained a broad smile on his face as...

Farmers can get disaster funding

Wayne County farmers who suffered crop losses because of Hurricane Irene are now eligible for federal financial assistance through low-interest Farm Service Assistance loans and Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) disaster assistance program. The county is among 35 in...

Auditor: City is in 'great shape'

City officials received good news Monday night at the Goldsboro City Council meeting as they were informed the city once again received a certificate for excellence in financial reporting during an audit debriefing. Michelle Kiefer with Pittard, Perry and...

New business set to open late January

A Wilson-based retailer is opening up a store on the 2500 block of East Ash Street in the former Hollywood Video building. Trade It!, a goods store specializing in buying, selling and trading consumer electronics, sporting goods and more,...

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Break-ins *Andy Thompson reported the break-in at his home in the 4600 block of Indian Springs Road that occurred Tuesday. Entry was made through a back door. Thieves removed a Wii game console, DVD player, prescription medication and other items....

Fourth threat called in at Cherry

The scene that unfolded this morning at the new Cherry Hospital construction site is becoming all too familiar -- Air Force explosives experts roaming the grounds, workers talking among themselves instead of moving forward with the project. Another week ......

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wayne County fair earns top awards again

2011 was another record-breaking year for the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair. In addition to setting attendance records, the 2011 fair has taken home the top awards at the state Convention of Agricultural Fairs in Durham, winning the Image Award...

Officials advise: Think hard on projects

The $2 million the Golden LEAF Foundation has reserved for Wayne County for community-based projects seems like a lot of money, but given the county's many needs, it won't go far, officials with a number of organizations said Tuesday....

SJAFB accomplishments in 2012

The following are some of the biggest 4th Fighter Wing headlines of 2011: DOOLITTLE AWARD: Members of the 4th traveled to Washington D.C. to accept the first-ever Doolittle Award. GATES VISITS SJAFB: Then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made a stop...

SJAFB, a year of challenge and triumph

He could use their accomplishments to tout his ability to lead -- the man who commanded the 4th Fighter Wing over the course of a year many believe will be remembered long after those currently serving at Seymour Johnson Air...

Air force museum committee has first meeting

Goldsboro's Air Force museum concept took another step toward reality Tuesday afternoon as the Air Force Museum Citizen Committee held its first meeting in the anteroom of City Hall. The 10-person committee passed through its agenda in just about...

After expansion, Southern Bank consolidating branches

MOUNT OLIVE -- Southern Bank and Trust Co.'s local branches are not part of the bank's plans to consolidate and close some offices of the former Bank of the Commonwealth of Norfolk, Va., that Southern Bank purchased last fall....

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Brothers apprehended by deputies Two Johnston County brothers were arrested Saturday by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office on charges of theft. Mack McCuiston Carter, 53, and Charles Craig Carter, 51, both of Smithfield, were charged with two counts of felony...

Mount Olive fire

The former CP&L building at 1002 W. Main St. Extension in Mount Olive burned in a fire shortly after midnight this morning. Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department received a call at 12:38 a.m. of the working fire. The building...

Learning center moving to online tutoring

Academics Plus Inc. is expanding its services, moving from in-person tutoring to becoming an online tutoring company. The newest program is called APlus50, said company President Dr. Ken Benton, who founded the learning center in Dunn in 1989. For...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

City eyes W.A. Foster, bids for Streetscape

Mayor Al King stressed to the audience and his fellow members of the Goldsboro City Council Monday night that the council had no intentions of closing a recreation center that has been revealed to have fibrous asbestos in isolated...

Schools ask for delay in payroll change

Wayne County Board of Education Monday night adopted a resolution urging the General Assembly to delay a proposal changing the way school systems pay 10-month employees. As it stands, the education package called the "School and Teacher Paperwork Reduction Act,"...

Mount Olive coach stable after collision with car

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Mount Olive College assistant track coach is in fair condition today after being hit by a car while jogging Monday morning. Jacqueline Joan "Jackie" Kirby, 24, of Spence Avenue, Goldsboro, is being treated at Pitt County...

Mount Olive OKs Land Use Plan; water project funds

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Town Board of Commissioners took two big steps forward on separate long-term projects affecting the future of the town Monday, adopting the 2030 Comprehensive Land Use Plan and accepting a $2.1 million contract...

Fire destroys home in Duplin County

MOUNT OLIVE -- Fat lightwood, a dry resinous pinewood, from an old chicken house that had been used to remodel a Duplin County single-wide mobile home is being blamed for contributing to the intensity of a fire that destroyed...

Monday, January 9, 2012

County may seek opinions in survey

Would Wayne County residents rather pay for a new school or jail with sales tax money or with property tax money? Is the county meeting the transportation needs of its citizens? And are residents familiar with the public health care...

2012's list: general comments

Revenues are actually projected to be up in the city this fiscal year compared to the last few years, thanks to property revaluation in the city that increased the value of the city's taxable property and the Goldsboro City...

2012's list: City leaders give their opinions

MAYOR AL KING: Our revenue. We need to make sure that we do whatever we can to increase revenue. Without revenue, you can't do anything. The number one goal or requirement is to make sure of the revenue flow...

Jobless rate in Wayne drops

Wayne County's unemployment rate decreased again from October to November, according to the latest data from the state's Employment Security Commission. Wayne joined 73 other counties across the state that saw decreases in their unemployment rates, showing a decrease...

Speaker chosen for Wayne Community College MLK celebration

A LaGrange native and civil rights veteran will be the featured speaker at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Wayne Community College, sponsored by the school's Cultural Diversity/Global Education Task Force. Irving Joyner, a professor of law...

City manager: Good times are ahead

Citing predictions from the economic sector that 2012 will be a better year than last, Goldsboro City Manager Scott Stevens says he thinks the year will see citizens' fortunes improve as the city around them grows even more to...

Employer Support Freedom Award nominations being taken

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department agency, is looking for National Guard and military Reserve members to nominate their supportive employers for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award before the Jan. 16...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Road plans to get look

MOUNT OLIVE -- A two-car wreck that claimed the life of a 79-year-old Faison woman in November was the latest in a series of 11 crashes, and the second fatality, over the past five years on N.C. 55 near the...

City, next: City leaders give their opinions on some of the issues that are facing Goldsboro in 2012 ... and beyond.

SUNDAY, PART I: Goldsboro High, downtown and annexation MONDAY, PART II: 2012's top issues and City Manager Scott Stevens' view QUESTION 1: Goldsboro High School's futureMayor Al King: One of the things that comes to mind is to do whatever...

City Council expected to discuss fate of W.A. Foster Center

The fate of a popular recreation center as well as downtown's signature revitalization project will be among the topics of discussion at the City Council's work session Monday at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Annex on North Center...

Mental Health Association weighs closure

The Mental Health Association in Wayne County is doing everything possible to avoid shutting its doors, but the economy might make the move inevitable, officials said Friday. "We have disconnected the phone service because we're trying not to incur any...

Girl Scouts kick off annual cookie sales

Kamryn Mendes will do just about anything to sell Girl Scout cookies -- including standing out in the snow. "It was freezing and I really wanted to go home, but I didn't want to give up," the 12-year-old member...

Empty Stocking Fund hits 2011 goal

The effort has grown over the years, with The News-Argus, the Woman's Club and the Continental Society joining hands to deliver a party and gifts to selected children. "I'd personally like to thank all the volunteers who came out and...

Friday, January 6, 2012

Scratching pays off for lottery winner

Wayne County resident Richard Daveler isn't in trouble anymore for making stops at four or five gas stations to buy lottery tickets every day after work. Not since one of those tickets won his family $1 million. "The wife...

Bus driver charged in Thursday afternoon accident

A middle school bus driver has been charged following a three-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon near the school grounds. The incident occurred shortly after school was dismissed at Eastern Wayne Middle School, said Ken Derksen, public information officer for the...

Four city men charged in drug investigation

Four Goldsboro men have been charged in connection with an investigation by the Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Task Force and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office ACE team. Rashad Jaquan Burt, 22, and Antonio Donquell Braswell, 21, both of 103 Tiffany...

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High-powered firearms, electronics taken in area break-ins *Rance Swicord reported a break-in at his home in the 200 block of Brewington Drive in Dudley that occurred Wednesday. The suspect(s) gained entry by prying open a side door. Once inside, the...

UNC planetarium makes stops at local schools

Dillard Middle School students visited Morehead Planetarium Thursday without leaving school grounds. Thanks to PLANETS -- Portable Learning for All North Carolina's Elementary Teachers and Students -- a 20-foot inflatable dome was set up in the school gymnasium, allowing two...

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Films to kick off college's arts, humanities program

The Wayne Community College arts and humanities program schedule for the spring is packed with variety -- from a two-day free film festival, a humorous author and a tribute to Frank Sinatra, to speakers, plays and historic trips. It all...

City hires new PR director

Goldsboro officials have chosen the former community service and public relations director of the Partnership for Children of Wayne County as the city's first public information officer. Kimberly Best will fill the position Mayor Al King and other members...

Celebrating birds

Luke Winders, 2, gets a little help from his mother, Ginger, while trying to create a peacock Wednesday at the Fremont Public Library. Librarian Lisa Stevens held a Bird Day celebration to mark National Bird Day, which is today....

Best: Zoning variance concern

Wayne County, particularly its Planning Board, needs to be wary about "pecking away" at zoning designed to protect the air space in the areas surrounding Seymour Johnson Air Force, the county's second-largest economic engine, Commissioner Jack Best warned his...

Trespassing notice issued by SJAFB

The 4 SFS Combat Arms firing ranges are located on Perimeter Road on the southwest corner of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Trespassing inside the fenced range complex is not only illegal, but also dangerous, Air Force officials are reminding...

Two teens face 65 charges in rash of thefts

MOUNT OLIVE -- Two teenagers are facing a combined 65 charges in connection with a rash of break-ins in Mount Olive. Amos Damas Jr., 17, 300 E. Pollock St. and Nathan Louis-Pierre, 19, 1013 SE Center St. were arrested...

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Bullets fired into occupied home Goldsboro police responded to a home in the 1700 block of Maple St. around 2:30 a.m. after several bullets had entered the residence. One of the residents of the home, Tekoach Thompson, told authorities...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Commission appointment named; GOP protests pick for association

Wayne County Republican Party Chairman Bob Jackson admonished county commissioners Tuesday for what he said appears to be appointments based on politics, while Republican Commissioner Steve Keen called for board unity. Jackson made his comments following two votes, both down...

Justice Department gives preclearance to Wayne County voting boundaries

Wayne County's new voting district lines have been pre-cleared by the U.S. Justice Department, with just over a month left before candidates can begin filing for the May 8 primary. Pre-clearance is not the same as final approval, but means...

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Washer exchange Bonnie Fournieie, 53, an employee at Dollar Tree on North Spence Avenue, told Goldsboro Police that a white man came into the store and asked to exchange two rolls of quarters for cash on Dec. 30. After handing...

Mount Olive College gets new annual fund head

MOUNT OLIVE -- Melinda Holland has been appointed director of the Annual Fund at Mount Olive College. In this position Holland will be responsible for the Annual Fund, which encompasses continual giving directed to the operational needs for the...

Mount Olive is preparing for the annual Black History Month Parade

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive and surrounding residents will once again end their month-long celebration of Black History Month this year with their third annual Black History Parade. Planning for the event, which will be held on Feb. 25,...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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Man charged for stalking 60-year-old woman Don Hudson, 47, of 1502 Scotty Drive, was arrested at his home by Goldsboro police on Saturday afternoon and placed under a $5,000 bond. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, stalking...

Hospital acquires orthopedic practice

The new year marks an official name change for one Goldsboro medical practice, as Goldsboro Orthopaedic Associates becomes Goldsboro Orthopedics and part of Wayne Health Corporation, the parent holding company of Wayne Memorial Hospital. The five-physician practice specializes in...

Officers wrap up holiday patrols

The Goldsboro Police Department reported a total of 1,097 traffic and criminal violations during its recent Booze It and Lose it Campaign -- including one woman who didn't even realize she had been in an accident. As the department's...

Search restarts for farm agent

The search for a new agricultural agent to work with farmers in Wayne County's $120 million annual field crop business has been extended, officials said, meaning it could at least March before the position is filled. The job became...

Waiting for her chance

With less than two weeks until the Miss America Pageant, Miss North Carolina Hailey Best is counting her good luck charms and hoping history repeats itself. "This year is the only Miss America (from North Carolina's) 50th anniversary," she said....

Monday, January 2, 2012

Episcopal church makes renovations

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on North James Street has boasted a dedicated group of church members since before its building first hosted services before the Civil War. In its nearly 160-year history, its visitors and the neighborhood around it...

Schools back in session Tuesday

Students and teachers across Wayne County return to the classroom this week after an extended holiday break. Four county schools will also hold Saturday classes as a make-up day. Wayne County Public Schools will resume classes on Tuesday, as...

Golden LEAF to hold grant forum Jan. 10

The public is invited to attend a community forum hosted by the Golden LEAF Foundation on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 5:30 p.m. at Wayne Community College, 3000 Wayne Memorial Drive in the Walnut Building, Room 101. The purpose of...

Closure possible for city center

Asbestos concerns within the W.A. Foster Recreation Center could eventually lead to the facility's permanent closure in a worst-case scenario, Parks and Recreation Director Scott Barnard said Thursday morning, and preliminary results came back showing a significant amount of...

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Break-in Walter Collum Jr., of Lockhaven Drive, told police that someone broke into his home and stole several valuable items including a 42-inch TV and an X-Box video game console. Fuel drive-off Wilco Hess No. 391 employees told police that...

First baby of the new year

Sariyah Monae Leach, left, was Wayne County's first baby born in 2012. Her mother, Jasmine Manley of Mount Olive, delivered her at Wayne Memorial Hospital at 8:53 a.m. Sunday. Sariyah weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 21 inches...

Lifelong Learning Program to host open house

The East Carolina University's Lifelong Learning Program will hold a free open house on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation Center at 4561 County Home Road, Greenville. Featuring a special lecture,...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Year of tragedy, triumphs

The past year was, like so many others, full of ups and downs for the residents of Wayne County. With unemployment high and rainfall low, it wasn't best of years for many, whether they worked at a business in...

2011 -- day by day

January Jan. 1 -- Honorio Grajales, 44, is charged with murder after his live-in girlfriend, Teresa Pierce Harrelson, is found shot to death at her Fremont home. Jan. 3 -- Members of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's Explosive Ordnance...

Stoney Creek Park Alliance dissolves self -- for now

The group that has been at the forefront of the development of a city park since its inception no longer formally exists beginning today after optioning to dissolve its relationship with the Wayne Charitable Partnership. The Stoney Creek Park Alliance,...

County schools start back Tuesday

Students and teachers across Wayne County return to the classroom this week, after an extended holiday break. Four county schools will also hold Saturday classes as a make-up day. Pathway Christian Academy starts up again on Monday, while St....

County farm receipts grow in 2010, stay fourth in state

Cash receipts from farming in Wayne County grew by more than $14.5 million in 2010, an increase of 4.3 percent over 2009, according to the state's latest Agricultural Statistics Yearbook. The growth, from $338,565,242 to $353,118,304, was enough for...

What stories did you, the reader, view the most at NewsArgus.com in 2011?

1. The bombs -- one click from Armageddon -- Jan. 23 A look back at when an Air Force B-52 bomber carrying fuel and a Mark 39 hydrogen bomb crashed in a swamp near the farming community of Faro...

One year, 52 rides and more than 5,000 miles

As most people look back on 2011, taking stock of their accomplishments, few will have accomplished a feat that can measure up to the two-wheel triumph of avid bicyclist Scott Summers. The 49-year-old retired airman completed 52 100-mile bike rides...

New Year's comes early

MOUNT OLIVE -- Her ability to look skyward obstructed by an oversized plastic hat, Lauren Downing turned her focus toward the half-eaten pickle in her left hand. The 2-year-old must have known it would be nearly an hour before all...

Payment required to utilize dog park

The Stoney Creek Dog Park will officially open, or close, for business today, depending on interpretation. The leash-free park was conceptualized as a service provided only to those who pay a registration fee from the beginning, but since the...

Chamber offers $500 grants to county teachers

The Wayne Charitable Partnership and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce recently announced the availability of mini-grants for instructional projects for the 2011-12 school year. The grants are an attempt to encourage teachers, media coordinators, and guidance counselors to...

2011 -- Notable deaths

Raper Dr. Burkette Raper -- The eloquent Free Will Baptist minister who was brought up in a church-sponsored orphanage and served as the first president of Mount Olive College, guiding it for more than 40 years before continuing his work...