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Friday, March 30, 2012

Pollen battle about at an end

Tammy Strickland looked out her bedroom window and took a deep breath. "My heart just kinda sank," she said. "For me, it's the worst day of the year." It was everywhere -- the annual blanket of yellow some celebrate...

Hoping for the winner

Donnell Johnson buys a Mega Millions lottery ticket from clerk Chasity Schoolcraft at the Downeast Travel Center in Mar-Mac this morning. Millions of people around the country are snatching up the tickets as they prepare for this evening's drawing,...

Message to teens: Irresponsibility in car can cost you your life

The passenger car was left mangled. A team of Goldsboro firefighters used the Jaws of Life to remove the driver's door and to peel back the vehicle's roof to retrieve the 18-year-old's lifeless body. Then, the Wayne County EMS...

County weighing refinance for loans

Wayne County could realize upward of $300,000 in savings -- about half a penny on the property tax rate -- by refinancing up to $9.62 million in loans for work done several years ago on the county-owned Borden building and...

Voters request absentee ballots

As of Thursday morning, the Wayne County Board of Elections had mailed out 63 absentee ballots for the May 8 primary election. Of that number, 38 were Republican, 17 Democratic and 8 Unaffiliated. Some went no farther than Goldsboro, while...

Wayne County Special Olympians win team, individual basketball awards

Special Olympics Wayne County recently participated in the Special Olympic North Carolina Eastern Basketball Invitational at various locations throughout Johnston County. Wayne County participated in 5-on-5, 3-on-3 and individual skills competitions. The Wayne County Warrior 5-on-5 team won the...

Recent fires investigated as arson

Officials with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office confirmed Wednesday that two recent house fires on Durham Lake Road in Dudley appear to be arsons. "At this time we do believe the fires were set," Maj. Tom Effler said. The...

Public record

Shooting into Dudley home The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting into a home at 917 Durham Lake Road in Dudley Curtis Hagans reported he and the rest of his family were in bed when fired shots were...

All County Band Festival

Kathryn Harrell, a student at Spring Creek High School, left, and other students from various high schools in Wayne County perform Thursday at Dillard Middle School. The students performed together for the All County Band Festival. At the end...

Clarification

A story in Wednesday's paper about the state adding five days to the school calendar and districts being allowed to request a waiver may have been confusing, officials say. The five additional days added to the public school calendar next...

Warrants issued in Sunday shooting

Goldsboro police said this morning that they have issued arrest warrants for two men in connection to a shooting Sunday afternoon. The warrants are for Braddock Bernard Gross III, a black, 20-year-old man with a last known address of...

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Elementary students pen letters to thank those who served in Vietnam War

Vietnam veteran Sherman Ludwig choked up a bit, visibly moved by Spring Creek Elementary third-grader Jacobe Leonard's letter. It was a tribute to the men and women, like Ludwig, who served during the Vietnam War. "Thank you to all the...

Moore gets OK to run for seat

An elections panel Wednesday ruled 4-1 that Tony Moore of Winterville is eligible to run for the state District 5 N.C. Senate seat he once held. However, the attorney for Winterville resident Calvin Henderson, who filed the challenge to...

567th RED HORSE Squadron Returns to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

The 567th RED HORSE Squadron Returns to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base...

Dudley fires deemed suspicious

DUDLEY -- Two fires on Durham Lake Road this morning are being treated as suspicious in nature, investigators say. A double-wide trailer at 765 Durham Lake Road was destroyed by fire about 12:30 a.m. A second home, at 527...

Habitat for Humanity fundraiser set for Saturday

To help get some of the 25 percent of Wayne County people who live in poverty out of substandard housing, Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne will hold a fundraising event Saturday. The 3rd annual Hike for Humanity and Family Fun...

Dudley home damaged by fire

DUDLEY -- A Dudley area home was severely damaged in a fire late Wednesday morning. No one was in the single-story brick home at 310 Ward Drive when the fire, which is believed to have been caused by a...

Public record

Investigations *Brenda Morrison reported a break-in at her home in the 200 block of Augusta Drive in Dudley that occurred Tuesday afternoon. The front door was pried open to enter the home. After entry was made, a 42-inch television, a...

Children's theater to present 'Secret Garden'

What hidden treasures does the Secret Garden hold? Audience members will find that out when they attend the performance of "The Secret Garden" Saturday at 7 p.m. at Northwest Elementary School. The performance is part of the Missoula Children's...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Retired Cherry Hospital engineer receives honor for long career

Don Edwards spent 54 years at Cherry Hospital -- growing up on the grounds where his father, Don Sr., was farm superintendent for 37 years, and then his own 30-year career there as campus engineer. His appreciation for the history...

College adds two offerings at high schools

Trustees of Wayne Community College Tuesday night voted to continue two high school academy programs and to initiate two more; approved projects to add a parking lot and renovate the student services area; and discussed "solvent" spring enrollment numbers. The...

Wayne County Public Schools will add five days in 2012-13

Wayne County Public Schools is among the few school districts in the state that will take advantage of the state adding five extra days to the school calendar next year -- but those days will be used for teacher...

GATEWAY location debate ends in draw

Reducing the projected cost of a proposed new GATEWAY transfer station from $5.1 million to $4 million or less would make it a more palatable project as Wayne County commissioners and the Goldsboro City Council mull over making $250,000 commitments...

Spring strum

Singer-songwriter David Stewart belts out an original tune he wrote titled "Accept Jesus" on a warm spring afternoon at Berkeley Park. The weather will continue to be mild, and there is no rain in the forecast....

Join us on Twitter to welcome troops home

Nearly 100 members of the 567th REDHORSE Squadron are set to return to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Thursday morning after more than six months in Afghanistan, where they completed an array of engineering missions, from digging wells to constructing...

Author takes look at 'War and Morality'

The amount of money spent and the number of troops killed are not determining factors of whether or not a war is a just war, writes Dr. Michael Cavanagh, in his new book "War and Morality: Citizens' Rights and...

Sewing to cover a need

Darlene DeBruine is always looking for fun ways to teach her life skills classes. The family and consumer science teacher at Rosewood Middle School, surrounded by a bank of sewing machines, animatedly shared her latest project -- having students...

Public record

B&Es and larcenies Precision Plumbing employee Carlos San Juan reported the theft of an effluent heat system, valued at $8,624.81, from a building at 205 Fedelon Trail that occurred between March 22 and Monday....

Omega Psi Phi sponsoring annual fundraising Miss Mardi Gras on Friday

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. is sponsoring its annual fundraising Miss Mardi Gras that will conclude on Friday at 8 p.m. with a Mardi Gras gala at the Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni Center on Poplar Street. Four local young women are...

All-County Band concert to be held Thursday

Approximately 120 band members from Wayne County Public Schools will soon come together Thursday for the 2012 All-County Band Festival at 7 p.m. at Dillard Middle School. For weeks, band directors across the county have been preparing students for...

'1001' comedic play to be held this weekend

From ancient Baghdad to modern New York City, "1001" explores the good, the evil, the beauty and the violence of human nature. The adult comedy by Jason Grote will be presented Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Library plans new computer use setup

A computer lab included in the design for the new Steele Memorial Library in Mount Olive has been adapted to create a similar lab at the main library on East Ash Street. The county is using about $7,500 from...

Former health director dies at 56

James Roosen, Wayne County health director for eight years who stepped down in November due to health reasons, died Monday. He was 56. He had been diagnosed with brain cancer two years ago and had surgery for a tumor in...

Teen shot in back Sunday

A Goldsboro teenager is being treated at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for gunshot wounds he received about midday Sunday. Antonio Deans, 19, of 511 N. Kornegay St., was found by Goldsboro police at the corner of Westview Court...

Center has new mission

MERCI Center in Rosewood, which closed its doors last summer to reassess funding issues, has reopened -- with a new name and director and a revamped mission. During its 11 years focused on mission work and disaster relief, the MERCI...

Court rejects deannexation

A petition count scheduled this morning to determine the fate of Goldsboro's annexed Phase 11 area was delayed after the county Board of Elections was advised that proceeding could be considered unconstitutional, even as those seeking deannexation promised to...

Public record

Shots fired Shanita Benton reported to Goldsboro police that a man fired a handgun at an occupied home in 900 block of Carver Drive and at four automobiles in area. No one was injured during the incident that took...

Monday, March 26, 2012

Meeting planned to weigh GATEWAY location

Wayne County commissioners and the Goldsboro City Council will hold a joint meting Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. with the Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority to discuss results of a feasibility study on the proposed GATEWAY transfer station. The meeting will be...

Patrol car wrecks on way to call

A Wayne County Sheriff's Office deputy wrecked a patrol car Sunday night while responding to a call in Seven Springs. Deputy Chris Jackson was driving southbound on N.C. 111 South near Food Lion at about 11:20 p.m. when he...

Nearly 300 Seymour Johnson AFB personnel welcomed back from Afghanistan

Thomas Burkhart didn't take his wife's hand when a doctor told them they were having a little girl. He wasn't there to feel his daughter kick for the first time -- to watch Meghan's belly grow. "We found out I...

Goodman: Felony conviction doesn't matter

Former Goldsboro City Councilman William Goodman Jr. is again seeking office after being out of politics for nearly a decade. Goodman, 62, resigned from the District 3 seat in 2004 after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge for...

$4.7 million in renovations done at housing project

Renovations to 104 units at Alpha Arms Apartments, begun a year ago, are complete. The project was made possible through a $4.7 million HUD grant, said Jimmie Ford, chairman of the board of directors of Alpha Phi Alpha, the...

Public record

Goldsboro police investigated these reports: *A black male and black female reportedly exited Walmart on Spence Avenue Friday evening without paying for several items, including $100 worth of cosmetics, two throw pillows and a container of bleach. They left in...

Cause determined in Eureka fire

FREMONT -- An unattended candle was the cause of fire that burned down a double-wide trailer home near Eureka on Friday morning, officials say. The home's resident, Thomas Pate, was the only person in the house, located at 1136...

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Stars come to dance

Kim LaFevers strode onto the dance floor Saturday night, confidently draping a red feather boa around her husband, Dr. Scott LaFevers' neck before summoning partner Allen Grimes to perform a tango to "Whatever Lola Wants." Their sultry rendition captivated...

Coming home

She didn't say much as she waited -- the blonde-haired little girl holding up a homemade sign that read, "I love you Daddy." But when a group of F-15Es rattled one of the hangars on Seymour Johnson Air Force...

Republicans talk politics, policies

Gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory has a long-held passion for education and hopes to improve the state's "broken" system while leading North Carolina out of the "mess" it has fallen into over the past four years, he told those at...

Explorer Scouts hosting Fun Fest this week

The Goldsboro Police Department Explorer Scouts program is hosting its first Fun Fest, a six-day long fair that will kick off Tuesday. The fun will run through Sunday and will include a midway of carnival rides, inflatables and traditional...

Fremont ready to show off daffodils

FREMONT -- The scents of savory barbecue and sugar-coated funnel cakes will fill a crowed Main Street this weekend as northern Wayne County prepares for its largest celebration, the Fremont Daffodil Festival. Organizers say the event, which typically draws...

De-annexation petition count set for Tuesday

This coming week will be an eventful one for those with interest in Goldsboro's Phase 11 annexation. A decision on a lawsuit filed by a handful of municipalities against the state's deannexation reform law, and the petition count ordered...

Mexican consul visits Wayne County to discuss jobs

People might tend to associate Mexico with its violent drug war or illegal migrant workers, issues that Carlos Flores Vizcarra, Consul General of Mexico in the Carolinas, says his country is working to resolve. However, North Carolina residents also...

Friday, March 23, 2012

Strike Eagles home ... at last

After nearly seven months away from home, a few dozen members of the 335th Fighter Squadron returned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base this afternoon. Hundreds more airmen are expected to return from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan early next week to...

Annual Christian dance production will include new scenes, but same faith

This year's Dance for Christ production will have two new pieces, including the opening number, "The Creation Scene," when the audience will see the creation unfolding before them. "Of course it will be in a condensed version because we only...

Firefighters battle house fire in Eureka

FREMONT -- A Wayne County man was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital this morning for injuries he received in a morning house fire near Eureka. Thomas Pate was believed to have gotten out of the burning home at 1136...

Duplin woman dies after accident

BEULAVILLE -- An elderly Duplin County woman has died as result of injuries she sustained when she drove her car into the path of a tractor-trailer truck. It was the second fatal wreck in the county within the past...

Southeastern Cancer Care fundraising road run to start on April 21

Southeastern Cancer Care is gearing up for its second annual road run fundraiser, which begins on April 21, 2012, at 9 a.m. The race will consist of four parts -- a certified 26.2 mile marathon, a 100-mile ultra-marathon, a...

Board of Health targets garbage

Whether it's the arrival of a new health director in a few weeks, or patrons coming to the Health Department for services, the Board of Health said it's important to create a good first impression. But finding things like cigarette...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Jobless rate up across state

Unemployment rates shot up across the state in January, according to the most recent data provided by the North Carolina Department of Commerce's Division of Employment Security. The data, released Tuesday, shows that rates increased in all but five...

Wonderment in the park

Dylan Tittle, 1, makes his way through a playground tunnel toward his grandfather, Billy Vincent, Wednesday afternoon at Herman Park. The park playground was recently renovated by the city, with the playground equipment cleaned and moved and the grounds...

Police seeking information on missing Mount Olive woman

MOUNT OLIVE -- Tina Harville admits her younger sister, Patricia Ann "Trish" Lalonde, might not be living the life she should but the older sister says she still deserves her love and that she won't rest until she is...

Jet dumps fuel

MOUNT OLIVE -- Those who showed up to take in an afternoon softball game in Mount Olive caught of a glimpse of more than they had bargained for Wednesday afternoon when two F-15Es -- one of them, dumping fuel --...

Council eyeing repairs to roads

The Goldsboro City Council picked up where it left off last year in discussing street resurfacing as council members insisted there weren't enough roads on Planning Director Randy Guthrie's list of streets to be renovated in the city. Guthrie...

Jury finds facility was negligent

Britthaven nursing home was found negligent and ordered to pay $85,000 by a jury in a Wayne County Superior Civil Court Wednesday to the estate of a woman who fell and was injured while she was in the facility's...

Rabies clinics March 31

Wayne County will sponsor rabies clinics Saturday, March 31, from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Grantham Elementary School and from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Southern Wayne High School. Cost is $10 per animal. North Carolina law...

Public record

Investigation Goldsboro police are investigating a reported theft at First Presbyterian Church. Church officials reported Tuesday that a larceny at the church resulted in $4,500 in damage. The damage occurred while someone cut copper tubing, valued at $200, from...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Meeting concern splits votes

Three party-line votes Tuesday morning preserved not only Wayne County commissioners' morning meeting time, but their policy limiting public comment speakers to three minutes once a month during board meetings. The votes brought to a head issues that had been...

New 4-H program planned for military, Latino youths

Youth and mentors are being recruited to participate in a new 4-H program, targeting two specific groups in Wayne County -- military and Latinos. The effort is called Youth and Families with Promise, said Bianca Wall, coordinator of the program....

Jets are on their way home

The sight of fighter jets coming in for landing is familiar to those who live in the communities that surround Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. They see it nearly every day. But when that scene unfolds Friday afternoon, it will...

Council hopeful is facing residency question

A Goldsboro City Council candidate who said previously that he enjoys challenges now will face one questioning his eligibility to run for office. The Wayne County Board of Elections received a challenge March 9 from Joseph Starling McLamb of...

No local cars seized since run and done law passed

Motorists in Wayne County and across the state found guilty of the felony charge of fleeing to elude arrest may find themselves traveling on foot. A law signed by Gov. Beverly Perdue in June, which took effect in December,...

Wanted: volunteers with a weather eye, desire to serve

The National Weather Service and other professionals who rely on accurate weather information are in search of a few good helpers -- people who wonder how much rainfall was received in a recent thunderstorm or how much snowfall fell...

County moves on with new Senior Center

Wayne County commissioners with little fanfare Tuesday morning approved a $1.25 million budget ordinance for the new Senior Center, names for dead-end roads created by the U.S. 70 Bypass project and applying for $400,000 for a scattered site housing...

Public record

Man assaulted, robbed Pedro Nazario reported that he was the victim of an armed robbery Monday about 8:15 p.m. in front of his home in the 1700 block of East Holly Street. He told authorities that an unknown man...

Planting time

Alfred Williams checks his one row planter, getting it ready to plant seed in a few days in the church garden on Harris Street. Williams is one of the members of the church who helps tend the garden every...

Bentonville battle site to grow, thanks to grant from N.C. Heritage Trust

The Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site will grow by 120 acres thanks to a $350,000 grant from the North Carolina Natural Heritage Trust Fund. The Civil War Trust, the nation's largest battlefield preservation organization, will match the state grant...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

City plans pickups for April

The Sanitation Division of Goldsboro's Public Works Department will waive charges associated with the collection of discarded furniture, appliances, hot water heaters, mattresses, box springs, and other bulky items each Wednesday during April. City of Goldsboro residents may schedule...

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Man charged in meat theft The theft of $15 of rib-eye steaks from Piggly Wiggly, located at 100 Lionel St., Saturday evening led to a foot pursuit involving a Goldsboro police officer. Mick Worrells allegedly concealed two steaks while in...

Pikeville 'wish list' gets board oversight

PIKEVILLE -- Town officials met Monday to discuss projects they would like to see funded in the next budget year. "Tonight we are here to create kind of a wish list," Mayor Johnny Weaver said. The largest project discussed...

Mo-ped chase ends in crash

Two teenagers on mo-peds gave Goldsboro police a run for their money Monday afternoon, but the chase ended quickly when the two-wheelers collided with one another on Spence Avenue. Officers in a patrol car were attempting to stop the...

'New' resident thows hat into council ring

A newcomer to politics, hotelier Kyle Pritchard is running for the District 1 seat of the Goldsboro City Council. Pritchard, 27, has managed the Comfort Suites on North Park Drive since May 2009. Although he is relatively new to...

Her career in uniform

DUDLEY -- A part of her wants to stay -- to again hold off on a retirement she has planned, and postponed, every year for the last decade. She doesn't want to let them down -- the young men and...

Neighborhood says 'no'

Half a dozen people turned out to speak during a rezoning public hearing at the Goldsboro City Council's meeting Monday night in Historic City Hall, where council members heard pleas from residents to deny the change in zoning for...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Senior Center to get OK for $1.25 million

Approval of a $1.25 million budget ordinance that would allow work to begin on the county's new Senior Center will be before Wayne County commissioners when they meet Tuesday. Commissioners last month approved a $1.2 million contract for the...

Meals to help send children to camp

Members of the Salvation Army ladies auxiliary will be serving up barbecue during their annual fundraiser Thursday. Meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Salvation Army building at 610 N. William St. The cost is...

Consequences for the suspect

North Carolina General Statute ยง 14-69.2 "Any person who, with intent to perpetrate a hoax, conceals, places, or displays in or at a public building any device, machine, instrument, or artifact, so as to cause any person reasonably to believe...

Too warm too soon?

Wayne County's 30,000 acres of wheat hold the potential for a 1.65 million bushel, $10 million spring harvest. But while the unseasonably mild weather has acted like a growth tonic for the grain, it also has left it more susceptible...

Hunt continues for bomb threat callers

It's a scene that has become all too familiar at the new Cherry Hospital construction site -- workers standing idly by while military bomb experts and local law enforcement sweep the grounds. But since the first of eight bomb threats...

Public record

Copper stolen from Salvation Army a/c unit Officials at the Salvation Army reported March 16 that more than $300 in damages was inflicted on their facility's air conditioning unit when someone stripped it of its copper wiring. City fire...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

District seeking funds for school projects

The Wayne County Board of Education voted Friday to apply for state funds to be used for construction and renovation projects at Spring Creek Elementary, Charles B. Aycock High and schools in the central attendance area. "We received notice...

High flyers

Andrew Acevedo, 7, flies his "Green Lantern" kite with his mother, Emily, during the Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace State Historic Site's "Let's Go Fly a Kite" event. The Charles B. Aycock Birthplace is an excellent place to fly...

Commissioners to weigh new meeting, comment rules

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning will hold workshops with an eye toward possibly changing two long-standing board policies -- their morning meeting time and limits on people speaking during the public comment portion of the board sessions. Both issues were...

1980s flashback: Girl Scouts open time capsule

It was just a simple piece of wood -- a small stick marked with color pens -- that, to the dozens of local Girl Scouts who converged on the Wayne County Museum Saturday, was far less interesting than the...

Is city getting another eatery?

Two public hearings are scheduled for the Goldsboro City Council meeting Monday as the city is considering two rezoning requests. One hearing will concern the rezoning of 1.27 acres on the southeast corner of North Berkeley Boulevard and Ridgecrest...

Interstate 795 rewarded for smooth ride after rough start

Interstate 795, once scoffed at for its crumbling pavement and bumpy ride, is now being hailed as one of the smoothest-riding roads in the country. S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson, the company responsible for repairing a stretch of the...

Goldsboro to waive fees for furniture, appliances April 4

The Sanitation Division of Goldsboro's Public Works Department will waive charges associated with the collection of discarded furniture, appliances, hot water heaters, mattresses, box springs, and other bulky items each Wednesday during the month of April. City of Goldsboro...

Public record

B&Es and larcenies *Karla Griffin reported the theft of a trailer loaded with materials from her property in the 400 block of Main Street that occurred after 11 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday. The trailer is valued at $800,...

Local poets to ready work Wednesday at library

Four aspiring poets, three from Wayne County, will read their original poetry at the Wayne County Public Library Wednesday as part of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poetry Series. The annual series, which accepts entries from middle school, high school, college...

Police taking old medicine at Walgreens Monday through Thursday

Several area agencies are coming together this week to provide community members with a safe alternative to dispose of their out-of-date and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Officers with the Goldsboro Police Department and officials with Safe Kids Wayne...

'War So Terrible' -- Civil War Living History

Units are on display at the Harper House at the Bentonville Civil War site as part of the "War So Terrible" Civil War Medical Living History Program. Events will continue today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m....

Dance preparation

Arnold Flowers, left, and Heather Bradshaw perform their dance Friday in front of judges Melissa Zwerling, left, and Branny Vickory during a Dancing Stars of Wayne County dress rehearsal at Top Hat Studio. All the contestants performed their dances...

Eikenberry honored for lifetime of public service

Former Ambassador and retired Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry was honored earlier this month with the George F. Kennan Award for Distinguished Public Service by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. Established in 1994 in honor of George F....

New road names being considered by county board

Public comments are being accepted on proposed new names for sections of North William Street and Tommy's Road that were left as dead-end roads by the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass. Wayne County commissioners will hold a public hearing on...

Goodwin campaigns to stay in top insurance spot

Wilber's Barbecue was once again the backdrop for a campaign stop in the run-up to the 2012 elections as the state's incumbent insurance commissioner was in town Friday to talk with supporters. Wayne Goodwin, a native of Richmond County,...

Golden LEAF grant talks focus on youth, economy, more

Education and work force development, youth services and opportunity, and economic development and infrastructure emerged Tuesday night as the top category groups for Wayne County residents working to develop projects that would qualify for some of the $2 million...

Friday, March 16, 2012

Dalton makes Goldsboro stop

Two months ago, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton was at a re-election campaign fundraising event, thinking he'd be almost through with a fairly easy and relaxing primary season by now. But instead, he said Thursday after touring Wayne Community College...

Dudley man charged in sex case

A Dudley man is behind bars after being charged with statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl. David Amilcar Zometa Osorio, 23, was arrested at his home at 112 Jenny Lane by Wayne County sheriff's deputies following a report of...

Farmers look back at odd year

Crop yield awards presented annually by the Wayne County Farmers Association underscored just how difficult last year was for local farmers -- the only award was for wheat. "Last year was a challenging year," Kevin Johnson, Wayne County Cooperative Extension...

Calling all heroes

Tabitha Groeneveld was at work when she got the call that her house was on fire. With tears in her eyes, she watched everything she owned but the clothes on her back be destroyed by the flames. She and her...

Public record

B&Es and larcenies *Emntoria Elam reported a break-in at her home in 1600 block of East Elm Street that took place Wednesday. A .22-calliber Beretta, valued at $250, a .22-caliber Browning, valued at $250, a television and assorted jewelry, valued...

Bentonville to hold events Saturday, Sunday

FOUR OAKS -- A living history event at the Harper House at the Bentonville Civil War Battlefield will be held Saturday night from 7 to 10 p.m. The house was converted into a temporary hospital during the Battle of...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Center offers entrepreneurs advice on how to be successful

Wayne Community College has long prided itself on anticipating the future job market and preparing its students for it. So classes and programs change to reflect the community's employment needs, readying those who will soon enter the workforce for...

Candidate's eligibility questioned

Redistricting and residency requirements have thrown the eligibility of N.C. Senate District 5 candidate Tony Moore into question as state elections officials will determine later this month whether he can continue to pursue the Democratic nomination. The issue is...

Mount Olive man dies in two-car wreck

A Mount Olive man died in a two-car crash shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday on Summerlins Crossroads Road about 11 miles southeast of Mount Olive. Pedro Ceballos, 53, of 1342 Tram Road, was fatally injured in the wreck and...

GOP is eyeing eastern region

North Carolina GOP officials see Wayne County and the rest of eastern North Carolina as key to their party's ability to not only maintain its majorities in the state General Assembly, but also to win the governor's mansion, as...

Public record

Shootings in the city *Sirraundre Turner reported being shot while he was walking down the 1700 block of Maple Street Tuesday about 5 p.m. The 20-year-old told authorities he did not know who could have shot at him. *Robert Smith...

Seven to compete for title of Miss C.B. Aycock

Seven young ladies will be competing for the title of Miss Aycock on Saturday. The pageant will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Charles B. Aycock High School gymtorium. Admission will be $5. Special entertainment...

Family sues over death at Britthaven

Opening arguments were heard Wednesday in Wayne County Superior Court in a case involving the death of a woman at a Goldsboro nursing home. Eddie Baker, the son of Britthaven patient Mary Lee Baker, who died in 2008, is seeking...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Grad rates shift at schools

The graduation rate at Goldsboro High School jumped by 14 percent from 53.7 percent in 2009-10 to 67.7 in 2010-11 while overall the Wayne County Public School system's rate was nearly flat, increasing by only one percent, from 73.6 to...

Author: Church mistreats gays

Homosexuals ostracized by churches because of their sexual orientation suffer psychologically and spiritually because the one place they are taught they can turn to for acceptance no matter what has turned its back on them, says the author of...

Telling Scouting's story

Alvin Townley has always known how important the Boy Scouts of America is to him. As an Eagle Scout in Atlanta, he had witnessed firsthand the countless hours of service he and other Scouts put into their communities through...

Spring has sprung

Rachel Riley's secret weapon has been revealing itself, in spurts, for weeks now -- a bloom here, a chirp there. "It makes my life so much easier," she said, looking across Herman Park at her 8-year-old son, Brandon. "It's not...

Family YMCA gives out free swimsuits

The Family YMCA regularly teaches students the fundamentals of swimming and water safety. But instructors are keenly aware that not everyone has the same advantages or equipment. So when the local YMCA got a call from another affiliate about...

Rabies clinic to be held Saturday

Wayne County will sponsor rabies clinics on Saturday, March 17, and Saturday March 31 to give pet owners a chance to have their animals vaccinated against the disease. The March 17 clinics will be held from 8:30 a.m. until...

Public record

B&Es and larcenies *Ivan Carroll, 43, of 907 Hugh St., was arrested after a concerned citizen contacted authorities about a suspicious person carrying items behind a residence in the 700 block of South Best Street. Carroll was located with...

Dancing across the world

Sarah Shelton performs a flamenco dance with Flamenco Carolina during "International Day Jam -- A Sampling of Human Sound and Movement" as part of the annual International Day at Wayne Community College on Tuesday. The event, sponsored by the...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Democrat files for District 5 Senate seat

Former state Sen. Tony Moore of Winterville is trying once again to get back to Raleigh, having filed to run in the Democratic primary for the District 5 seat. Moore, who is on the Winterville Town Council, spent one...

Work planned on local railroad tracks

Norfolk Southern work crews are replacing railroad ties on the line between Goldsboro and Selma over the next several days, and smoothing out the track, railroad officials say. The railroad workers will cover about three miles per day, according...

Turning grayer: O'Berry takes on task of caring for elderly in nursing home facility

O'Berry Neuro-Medical Treatment Center has undergone many changes since its doors first opened in 1957. Starting out as Goldsboro Training School, the General Assembly changed the name to O'Berry School in 1959 and then to O'Berry Center in 1963. Initially,...

Seymour Johnson AFB airmen set for return

Husbands and wives will come together for long embraces. Children will jump up and down. Tears will fall. At long last, they are coming home. Hundreds of 4th Fighter Wing airmen are scheduled to return to Seymour Johnson Air Force...

Girl Scouts gather for 100th anniversary event

A flower-shaped balloon in her hand, Casey Hammond stood in one of the lines that had formed at Herman Park waiting to get her face painted before taking her turn in one of the three inflatables positioned in front...

Bypass work on N.C. DOT 2012 list

Three local highway projects, including the third and final section of the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass, have been listed on the state Department of Transportation's 12-month tentative bid-letting schedule. The other two projects on the list are improvements to North...

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B&Es and larcenies *Terry McDougal reported the burglary of a 9-mm handgun, valued at $200, and $68 cash during an invasion into his home in the 900 block of South Slocumb Street about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. McDougal told authorities he...

Monday, March 12, 2012

Legislator will face primary challenge

State Rep. Stephen LaRoque, R-Lenoir, will defend his seat against a challenger from his own party on May 8 after declaring his intention to run for re-election. LaRoque, who represents District 10, will face Wayne County GOP first vice...

City used email for decisions on hiring

After four months of greenlighting hiring decisions via email, the Goldsboro City Council will likely return to approving those decisions during open meetings. A request from the council Sept. 21, 2011, dictated that, following the already agreed-upon 30-day delay...

Joy of reading

Agnes Farfour Harris is not happy unless she has a book in her hands. She has always loved to read, even when she was a child. But now that the 80-year-old has rheumatoid arthritis and neuropathy in her feet, she...

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Harassing phone calls Janis Marie Faison, 200 block Seymour Drive, reported that a "Tim" called her several times on Friday asking her for $600. She said "Tim" stated she owed him money and he would be at her house...

Organizations can get information on Golden LEAF

A group of Wayne County residents Tuesday night will continue its efforts to identify community-based projects in hopes of qualifying for a portion of the $2 million that the Golden LEAF Foundation has reserved for the county. The meeting will...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

WEMCHS pageant set for Thursday

Nine young women will compete for the title of Miss Wayne Early Middle College High School for 2012. The pageant will be held Thursday, March 15 in Moffatt Auditorium at Wayne Community College. The theme for the evening will...

Wayne County Schools names 'MODEL' educators

The first group of "MODEL Educators" in Wayne County Public Schools has been announced. The district annually recognizes an individual teacher of the year at each school, then narrows the field down to one at the elementary, middle and high...

Girl Scout exhibit helps mark 100th anniversary

The Wayne County Museum is helping the Girl Scouts of America celebrate its 100th anniversary by offering a look into its local past. The county celebration officially kicked off Oct. 31, the birthday of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon...

City Council approves Streetscape project

Mayor Al King looked out into the Goldsboro City Council chambers with an unapologetic smile Friday afternoon in the wake of the council's Center Street Streetscape vote. After months of vitriol being poured upon him from residents gathered there,...

Smith elected to lead state panel

Wayne County Manager Lee Smith has been elected chairman of the state Department of Health and Human Services Waiver Advisory Committee. The committee works in aiding development of performance and outcome measurements of the new local management entities and...

Pickle Pageant contestants being sought

The 2012 North Carolina Pickle Festival Princess Pageant will be held on Saturday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. At Southern Bank Auditorium in Mount Olive. Applications are being accepted and pageant is open to all ages. Winners will reign over...

Safety concerns prompt look at changes at U.S. 117 and O'Berry Road intersection

DUDLEY -- Safety concerns may be the more immediate motivation behind efforts to replace the U.S. 117 South and O'Berry Road intersection with an interchange, but the project also fits in with a much longer-range vision of the highway as...

Library adding Saturday storytime

A Saturday storytime has been added to the lineup at Wayne County Public Library. The program is part of a collaboration with Partnership for Children of Wayne County, said Nicholle Johnson, head of children's services at the main branch of...

Author to speak on persecution of gays by churches

The League of Women Voters Book Club will sponsor a reading/book signing by author Jimmy Creech Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium on the campus of Wayne Community College. Creech will speak on the issue of gays and...

Father pleads guilty to abuse, murder

A 22-year-old Goldsboro man was sentenced in Wayne County Superior Court Thursday to 33 to 42 years in prison for killing his 6-month-old daughter Diamond in October 2009. Ronald Everette Smith pleased guilty to second-degree murder and two counts of...

Harrison lectures set at MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- Plans have been made for the 22nd annual Vivian B. Harrison Memorial Lecture to be held Rodgers Chapel on the campus of Mount Olive College. The first lecture will be held on, Monday March 26 at...

Bank Challenge Monday to restock blood supply

Wayne County's financial institutions are once again joining forces to collect blood for the American Red Cross. The 9th annual Bank Challenge will be held Monday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the Wayne County Chapter office, 600 N....

Friday, March 9, 2012

Council approves Streetscape

After months of debates and years of plans, the first block of Center Street's Streetscape project will undergo the first phase of renovations after a 4-3 vote Friday afternoon. Goldsboro City Council members offered their opinions both for and against...

Status of road still not decided

MOUNT OLIVE -- Initial negotiations that "did not turn out as well as expected" with property owners over the possible closure of a dirt section of Emmaus Church Road at N.C. 55 east of Mount Olive have left the fate...

Aycock files to run for commission seat

George Wayne Aycock Jr. has filed as a Republican candidate for the at-large seat on the Wayne County Commission currently held by Democrat Dr. Sandra McCullen, who has filed for re-election. Filing for the May 8 primary ended Feb. 29....

Streetscape vote set for today's meeting

The fate of the city's signature downtown revitalization project will be decided today after months of discussions, debates and delays. The Goldsboro City Council will vote on awarding the bid for the Center Street Streetscape project during a special...

Cancer warrior

His left hand holding his T-shirt toward the sky, an 8-year-old uses the other to unwrap, in more simple terms, the story it has taken his parents nearly an hour to tell. "Well, this is where they put in the...

Public record

B&E report D.S. Simmons reported a larceny at his property in the 1500 block of North Carolina Street that took place between Feb. 22 and Wednesday. An a/c unit, valued at $1,000, was damaged during the theft of $50 of...

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Scouts' cookie sales ending

It is time to stock up, because Girl Scout cookie booth sales will end this Saturday. Terri Thompson, leader of Troop 95, said sales have been "pretty good" so far. "I've done more booths this year," she said about...

Coming down, finally

After months of delay, the demolition of the Gold Inn & Suites began Wednesday. The building was condemned by the city in October 2010. Concerns over the presence of asbestos led to the delays, but work has begun and...

Evans to seek re-election to commission

District 2 Wayne County Commissioner J.D. Evans has filed for re-election. Evans, a Democrat, is facing a challenge from Republican Kenny Talton of Mount Olive. Filing for the May 8 primary ended Feb. 29. A retired educator, Evans was...

Contracts OK'd for books, repairs at county schools

The Wayne County Board of Education approved $588,500 worth of contracts Monday night, including textbook purchases as well as software and upgrades at several schools. The 13 contracts will be funded from several sources, Nan Barwick, the assistant superintendent for...

Thief sought in robbery attempt

The Wayne County Sheriff Office is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspect of an attempted larceny that resulted in the loss of $60,000 of material for a local business. Crop Production Services employee Thomas Crews reported the...

Public record

Investigations *Tasha Price reported a break-in at her home in the 200 block of Sandstone Drive that occurred between Feb. 26 and Wednesday. During the incident the following items were reported stolen, a laptop, two DVD players, a Wii...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

More county children sought for new pre-kindergarten slots

The Partnership for Children of Wayne County received word from the state that it can enroll 45 more students in N.C. Pre-K classes starting next week. "We did get notified that we were awarded 45 additional slots to add to...

Health Department director hired

A new health director has been named for the Health Department. Davin Madden, 38, currently health director in Pamlico County, will take over the position previously held by James Roosen, who stepped down from his duties in late November after...

Goldsboro City Council OKs conditional use permits

The Goldsboro City Council made short work of its agenda Monday, approving a consent agenda containing 14 items and delivering decisions on two separate items concerning conditional use permits. The first conditional use permit concerned Cedric Britt's request to...

Singing for Jake

Chris Malpass, right, and The Malpass Brothers band perform Tuesday night at the Paramount Theatre. They were among the featured local performers at "Gala of Hope," a fundraiser to benefit Jake May, an Eastern Wayne High School senior battling...

Senior Health Fair set for Thursday

For the past decade, the Wayne County Senior Health Fair has provided the county's senior citizens a place to fellowship, receive free health screenings and information about services available to them. This year, they will be able to learn...

Duplin man gets five years probation for workers compensation fraud

Michael Lee Lanier, 57, of Beulaville was sentenced in federal court last week to five years of probation on charges that he made false and fraudulent statements in his application for receipt of Federal Employment Workers Compensation benefits. The...

WCC receives $25,000 grant

Wayne Community College has been granted $25,000 as a renewing site for Project Skill-UP, a program that provides financial assistance, job training and career enhancement for workers who have been adversely impacted by the changes in the tobacco industry....

County says poll workers needed for May primary

Wayne County residents shouldn't be surprised if they receive a call from the county Board of Elections -- not about voting, but rather about helping other voters on Election Day. The county will need a total of about 320...

Public record

B&Es and larcenies *James Green reported a break-in at his home in the 500 block of Boxwood Lane that occurred Monday. A back door was forced open to gain entry. During the break-in, a $349 PlayStation and a $250, 32-inch...

Scouting the mayor

Mayor Al King, foreground, meets members of Boy Scout Troop 8 after speaking on subjects ranging from local government to constitutional rights and the obligations of United States citizens during their weekly meeting at New Hope United Methodist Church...

Buses not going green

Wayne County Public Schools will not switch to biodiesel fuel for its buses, at least for the time being, despite some recent discussion about the possibility. Dean Price, owner of Green Circle based in Benson, said he had nine...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Council delays vote on Center Street

The city will again wait on deciding the fate of its signature downtown revitalization project after the Goldsboro City Council decided Monday to delay a vote on the Center Street Streetscape until Friday. The council didn't hold any true...

Schools to display students' artwork, school projects

Student projects will be on display at Berkeley Mall through March. The center corridor of the mall will be converted into an art gallery to exhibit Wayne County Public Schools' student work in the areas of visual arts, second...

Increased jet noise

The jets will be louder -- their flight paths lower. And they could streak through the skies as late as 1 a.m. At least, for the next few days. The 4th Fighter Wing is currently conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise,...

Teenagers decide to devote their time to helping others

Crystal Wooten is a self-proclaimed behind-the-scenes person. She's content to share her ideas and watch them come to fruition. So when the seventh-grader at Greenwood Middle School read a book about poverty, it sparked a movement within her circle...

Board to teachers: Speak up

A Board of Education member Monday night made an appeal for teachers to speak out about their concerns, while another's plea was directed to county commissioners and state legislators to make schools more of a priority. The board would benefit...

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Another Cherry bomb threat A call was made to the 911 center at 5:25 a.m. Monday claiming a bomb was at the Cherry Hospital construction site on West Ash Street. The call was traced to a pay phone at...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Tankers in flight

A 916th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker takes flight Sunday. Top officials from the Reserve wing are beginning to talk about just why they feel Seymour Johnson Air Force Base should be one of the first two bases to...

Staffing changes at local agency

Two personnel changes have been announced at The Partnership for Children of Wayne County. Valerie Wallace has been named assistant executive director. She has been with the Partnership nearly 11 years, starting as school readiness director before moving into the...

Public record

Attempted robbery at gas station A man wearing a pair of dark-colored boxer shorts over his head to hide his identity attempted to rob Kangaroo Express gas station, located at 1601 E. Ash St., about 8:15 a.m. Saturday, reported store...

Henderson to battle for at-large board seat

Len Henderson, appointed to the Board of Education by the county commission in July 2010 to fill the District 2 seat vacated by Shirley Sims, has filed for re-election for a different seat on the board. Henderson is running...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

RAW FOOTAGE: The 916th Air Refueling Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base launch its fleet of KC-135R Stratotankers.

A KC-135R Stratotanker takes off from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Sunday. Ten KC-135R Stratotankers left the runway in only 6 minutes. Wayne County had not seen so many Stratotankers launched at the same time in nearly 20 years. ...

WCC Sesquicentennial Civil War series begins

Wayne Community College Foundation will help mark the 150th anniversary of several Civil War battles, by offering seven free lectures on campus between March and December. The Sesquicentennial Civil War battle series, commemorating major battles fought in 1862, begins this...

Eastern Wayne Middle School 'Idol' finals Monday

Some have been singing and dancing since they could talk and walk. A group of sixth-graders "just started singing together" when they discovered their voices blended well. Another played guitar and performed as an opening act at a winery during...

916th Air Refeuling Wing hoping to get new tankers

If everything goes according to plan, the Air Force will identify the first two bases to house its new tanker by the end of the year. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base officials know this. So 916th Air Refueling Wing...

Rabies clinics to be held March 17, 31

Wayne County will sponsor rabies vaccination clinics at the times listed below. Cost is $10 per dog or cat. The owner of every dog and cat over four months of age must be vaccinated against the disease. Any animal receiving...

Balloons lead to downtown power outage

Several downtown businesses lost power about 8:15 p.m. Friday after a bunch of balloons made contact with power lines in the 100 block of John Street. The balloons were tied to a fiberglass pig outside of the Arts Council...

Poverty tour make stop in Goldsboro

Although more than 60 individuals were packed into the Community Crisis Center on Slocumb Street Friday, the absence of one member of the Truth and Hope Poverty Tour loomed over those gathered. Gene Nichols, the director of the UNC...

Miss EWHS pageant to be held Friday

Fom staff reports Nine young ladies will vie for the title of "Miss Eastern Wayne High School 2012" on Friday evening at 7 p.m. at Moffatt Auditorium on the Wayne Community College campus. The pageant is sponsored by the Family,...

Church recognized for 'green' initiatives

The members of a small brick church in Seven Springs come together not just to worship each Sunday, but also to make an effort to decrease the size of their carbon footprint. Outlaw's Bridge Universalist Church recently was acknowledged...

Golden LEAF forum March 13 at WCC

The public is invited to attend a community forum hosted by the Golden LEAF Foundation on Tuesday March 13 at 5:30 p.m. in room 101 of the Walnut Building at Wayne Community College. The purpose of the forum is to...

City Fire Dept. gets 9/11 chin strap

The Goldsboro Fire Department is making a subtle change to its dress attire to recognize firefighters who have died in the line of duty. The chin strap that runs above the brim of the firefighters' bell caps, which are...

City Council expected to vote on Streetscape

The Goldsboro City Council is expected to vote Monday on the Center Street Streetscape project, bringing an end to months of discussions and deliberations on the city's signature downtown revitalization project. A memo on the Council agenda requiring individual...

AARP tax help

Free income tax preparation for senior citizens and taxpayers with low incomes will be available from AARP counselors at the Public Library on Mondays and Tuesdays. Help is available from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. through April 10. In addition,...

Friday, March 2, 2012

NAACP Poverty Tour will make a stop in Goldsboro, other cities

The North Carolina chapter of the nation's oldest civil rights organization will continue its poverty tour in Goldsboro today as part of a statewide effort to highlight the plight of the poor in the state. The state chapter president...

News-Argus honored at state awards banquet

But the "General Excellence" honor was only one of the accolades members of the staff brought back home to Wayne County. Staff Writer Kenneth Fine earned two more awards, bringing his total to 10 since he joined the News-Argus staff....

Hal Tanner III named NCPA president

CHAPEL HILL -- In a moment he characterized as "humbling," News-Argus publisher Hal Tanner III was elected the North Carolina Press Association's newest president by his peers Thursday morning. And although his term does not officially begin until Aug. 1,...

Officials look at GATEWAY office location

Preliminary findings are in on a feasibility study to determine whether it would be more cost-effective for the GATEWAY administrative offices to remain at their current location at 600 N. Madison Ave., or to move into a new transfer station...

Racing for a trophy

With just three weeks remaining before the second annual Dancing Stars of Wayne County, the competition is heating up as the 25 contestants add rehearsal times and solicit online votes. But those set to participate in the March 24 event...

Public record

Mount Olive home invasion Ronnie Flanagan reported an armed burglary of $600 that took place in his home, located in the 300 block of Kelly Springs Road in Mount Olive, Wednesday about 11 p.m. Flanagan told authorities that he, another...

Miss Rosewood pageant Saturday

Nine young women will compete for the title of Miss Rosewood at the annuyal annual Miss Rosewood Scholarship Pageant on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Wayne Community College auditorium. Admission at the door will be $7. Special entertainment...

Ag Carolina scholarships now available

AgCarolina Financial has announced that 27 college scholarships will be available to children or grandchildren whose parents are customers or employees of the cooperative. The scholarship program is part of the cooperative's corporate giving program, the Fund for Rural...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dixon files to keep his District 4 seat

State Rep. Jimmy Dixon declared last week his intention to run for re-election to his House District 4 seat -- officially putting him in competition with state Rep. Efton Sager for the Republican nomination. The two were put in...

Look skyward Sunday

Those who look skyward late Sunday morning will witness something that has not unfolded in nearly 20 years. And if Seymour Johnson Air Force Base officials meet their latest goal, it will likely never happen again. The 916th Air Refueling...

Police chief hiring delayed

The naming of the Goldsboro Police Department's next chief has been delayed nearly six weeks, City Manager Scott Stevens said. The city received 74 applicants for the position before the application cut-off date in the middle of January. Stevens and...

May ballot is now final

The field of hopefuls for public office is filled out for 2012, as the filing period ended Wednesday at noon with a small rush to get names on the Wayne County ballot. Former Goldsboro City Councilman William Goodman filed...

Planes, trains, autos and the future

No new roads were paved or even planned during Wednesday's Transportation/Logistics Forum. Rather, speakers used the time to review current and future plans and to drive home that partnerships will be vital to future transportation projects as they compete...

Bloodmobile schedule

For those wanting to donate blood, here is the March blood drive schedule for the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross: March 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Southern Wayne High School. March 9 from 9...

Public record

Investigations Goldsboro and Wayne County law enforcement officers are investigating these reports: *Latonia Thomas reported a break-in at her home in the 500 block of Rollingwood Drive in Dudley that occurred Tuesday. It appears entry was made through a rear...