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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Back to school ... for teachers, parents

MOUNT OLIVE -- Preparing students for the future needs to begin at the middle school level, says Steve Hill, executive director of N.C. Eastern Region: STEM East. The keynote speaker at the seventh annual Wayne County Public Schools Summer...

City asks residents for views on parks

Citizens will have their final chance to contribute to Goldsboro's master plan for its parks and recreation department this week as consultants will be on hand at two community meetings Wednesday. The first will be held at noon at...

Pikeville's new Walmart could face slight delay

PIKEVILLE -- Plans for Pikeville's new Walmart Express are still under way, but officials have run into some unexpected delays, Town Administrator Kathie Fields said. She said the store plans to hold its grand opening in January, but is...

Public not yet talking about new cafe rules

Wayne County's plans to regulate Internet or sweepstakes cafes thus far seem to have failed to generate any interest from the businesses or the community in general. Other than one sweepstakes cafe owner who attended a county Planning Board meeting,...

Middle East getting its own Hwy 55 burgers

MOUNT OLIVE -- "Andy" is headed overseas. Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes and Fries founder and owner Kenney Moore Monday afternoon announced that Al Rumaithy, an international company based in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, has committed to 15...

STOP the Funeral career fair to be Thursday

The STOP the Funeral Initiative will sponsor its first career fair on Thursday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Greenleaf Vision of Faith Community Center at 2105 North William St. The goal is to match companies that...

House destroyed by accidental fire

A house and its contents were destroyed early Sunday morning by a fire investigators have called accidental. When responders from Elroy Volunteer Fire Department arrived at 114 Miller St. after 3:15 a.m. Sunday, the attic of the house there...

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sentencing delayed in bid fraud

Sentencing for the fourth person involved in a bid-rigging scheme involving Wayne County Public Schools has been rescheduled and will coincide with the sentencing of three other defendants in the case. Pamela Carol Turner, 45, of Selma had been...

Senior Center getting ready for move

Wayne County Senior Center Services on Aging Director Eryn McAuliffe is already packing, even though the Senior Center's move to its new quarters on East Ash Street is still two months away. "I get questions every day," Ms. McAuliffe said....

Fundraiser will put toads on race track

Isabella Bauer, 2, held her toad with one hand. She and her brothers often search around Stepping Stones Stables for the small creatures. And it was her 11-year-old brother, Jacob, who came up with the idea to use the...

Heat pops county's bumper corn crop

Although it is still too early to estimate corn yields, Wayne County farmers are saying that July's unrelenting heat wilted expectations of a possible bumper crop -- despite a late spate of thunderstorms that brought as much as five inches...

Coaches to target earlier success

Wayne County Public Schools will continue its graduation coach concept, but with a new name -- success coaches. The name change is part of a revamp as Communities in Schools, which oversees the program, expands the service while it...

Ballree facing more charges

BOILING SPRING LAKES -- Police Chief Emmett Ballree Friday morning has been suspended with pay by City Manager Jeff Repp as part of a continuing investigation. Repp said the inquiry involves alleged abuse of power by the police chief. He...

Local science teachers, students attend camp

Seven middle school teachers from Wayne County Public Schools were among 25 educators from Wayne, Craven and Beaufort counties to be trained under a math/science partnership education grant at East Carolina University. The College of Education and College of...

WCC instructor to train others in country

Craig Foucht, chairman of the transportation department at Wayne Community College, has been chosen to train other automotive instructors from around the country. He will participate in the torque certification course of the National Coalition of Certification Centers, or...

Sunday, July 29, 2012

One dead, one hurt in Saturday stabbing

One after the other, two cars arrived at Wayne Memorial Hospital just after 4 a.m. Saturday morning. Each vehicle carried one victim, both of whom had been stabbed. According to a report from the Goldsboro Police Department, Vanico Dicole...

Kuhlman family pets on way to London

Well, you made it happen. As you read this, Schootch, William and Short Round are getting ready for their final flight -- to London's Heathrow Airport. It took many phone calls and some help from some really kind personnel at...

Goldsboro District 5 recount ended with drama, but no change

For two days in a row, Bob Jackson logged long hours at the Wayne County Board of Elections office. Monday, the Wayne County Republican Party chairman was in the boardroom all morning observing the hand-eye recount of votes for...

WCC ag head gets N.C. FFA award

The chairman of the agriculture and natural resources department at Wayne Community College has received one of the state Future Farmers of America's top awards. Gabe Mitchell was recently presented an honorary State FFA degree during the N.C. FFA...

News-Argus looking for help stuffing the bus

The News-Argus will collect school supply donations from the community in coming weeks to help get Wayne County students off to a strong start this school year. The collection, part of a partnership with Communities in Schools, will be Friday,...

Ridgecrest rezoning ends monthslong battle

It was always going to be a contentious rezoning request. There were grumblings in 2005 when the Goldsboro City Council rezoned the residential lot at the corner of North Berkeley Boulevard and Ridgecrest Drive for office and institutional use....

Reading program brings critters to northern Wayne

PIKEVILLE -- Pikeville Community Center played host to some out-of-town visitors Tuesday, including a snake, a tree frog and a North African hedgehog. North Carolina Aquariums representatives came to teach children about wildlife for Pikeville and Fremont's final meeting...

Pikeville looking at old town hall

PIKEVILLE -- After spending three years in a mobile home on West School Street, town officials are looking at plans to renovate and move back into their old town hall. Officials had to vacate the original town hall when...

Wayne jobless rate up in June

Like most of the state, Wayne County saw a spike in unemployment in June, which officials attribute to the influx of recent high school and college graduates. With an increase of 263 unemployed people, the county's rate is up...

County abstinence essay winners celebrate waiting

Three winners of the 10th annual abstinence essay contest, sponsored by the Wayne County Health Department, were announced at the Board of Health meeting Wednesday. Carolyn King, health education supervisor, recalled a brainstorm session with her staff a decade...

Duplin to hold biofuel meeting

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County agricultural officials aren't letting any grass grow under their feet when it comes to letting local producers know about an opportunity to grow high-energy grass crops that would be used to create ethanol to use...

CIS needs community to help supply students

Every child likes to show up on the first day of school with a new notebook, markers and other things on the supply list. Not all of them can accomplish that, though. "There are many kids in our schools...

Top spinners: For these 'bladers,' Beyblades are more than simple toys

Howard Howell averts his gaze as his lime-green top spins in front of him. He's competing in the finals of a Beyblade tournament he is hosting in downtown Goldsboro and he's losing -- not something he's accustomed to. Howell, or...

Friday, July 27, 2012

WCC board approves safety policy

The Wayne Community College Board of Trustees has approved a policy provision designed to protect the campus against security threats from applicants without compromising its "open door" admission stance. The measure gives the college the authority to deny admission to...

Transfer station cost at $3.2 million

Efforts to scale back the scope of the proposed GATEWAY transfer center has cut the initial cost estimate from $5.3 million to $3.2 million. However, the state has been asked to modify grant funding rules to free up an additional...

Permit for cell tower eyed

Two people spoke during a public hearing concerning a conditional use permit for a communications tower during Monday's meeting of the Goldsboro City Council. The requested permit is for U.S. Cellular to build a tower near the northwest corner...

Board of Health supports paying accreditation costs

The Board of Health this week voted to designate up to $3,000 to support the state accreditation program for 2012-13. Health Director Davin Madden explained to the board that when the General Assembly approved a bill toward consolidation of human...

Test dates planned for WorkKeys

The WorkKeys tests for Career Readiness Certification (CRC) will be offered six times in August. The Wayne Occupational Readiness Keys for Success (WORKS) program will provide testing sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 and 28; 12:30-4:30...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ash Street roundabout will close

The renovations associated with the Center Street Streetscape project will require closing portions of the Ash Street roundabout while construction continues on the city's signature downtown revitalization initiative. The city announced Wednesday that the closing will begin Monday and...

LaRoque will resign

State Rep. Stephen LaRoque, of Kinston will resign his General Assembly seat on Wednesday -- two weeks from the date that a federal grand jury returned an eight-count indictment alleging he stole from programs receiving federal funds and engaged...

Ogden set to say goodbye

He finds it hard to believe that two years went by so quickly -- that before summer's end, he will no longer be commander of one of the most reputable Reserve wings in the Air Force. He laments the fact...

Draft horse donated to therapeutic program

He's described as gentle -- even though he weighs in at 1,800 pounds. Toby, a 16-year-old Belgian draft horse, was donated around Christmastime to the Stepping Stone Therapeutic Riding Program by the Bauer family. And now he has about...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Motorcycle crash kills one

A motorcyclist was killed minutes from his home in Seven Springs Tuesday as severe weather moved into the area, although officials say the approaching storm was not the cause of the fatal crash. According to a state Highway Patrol accident...

Justice Newby faces challenger this November

State Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby was in Goldsboro on Tuesday, campaigning for re-election to a second eight-year term on the state's highest court. Newby spoke at a meeting of the Goldsboro Rotary Club and addressed the fact that...

Law allows military spouses to use other state licenses

In a move she characterized as another step toward creating a more military-friendly state, Gov. Beverly Perdue signed House Bill 799 into law Tuesday morning at the Wayne County Veterans Memorial. She said lawmakers have been working on the legislation...

Two men jailed after drug sting

A three-month investigation into alleged criminal activity at a local produce stand has resulted in the arrest of two local men. Larry Wayne Lane, 59, of Dudley, and Jerry Thomas Lane, 31, of Mount Olive have been charged with trafficking...

Community, city officials meet on violence

More than 70 people were on hand at the city's meeting on community violence Tuesday evening at Goldsboro Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, where Goldsboro officials talked about what they are doing to help curb violence in the city and...

City votes won't change

Little had changed with the final vote totals Tuesday afternoon when the Wayne County Board of Elections voted to verify the numbers from the July 17 election. The winners of the seven Goldsboro municipal races were not altered from...

WMH hires breastfeeding coach

For many years, Wayne Memorial Hospital relied on a lactation specialist from Goldsboro Pediatrics to consult with patents about breastfeeding. Now, in an effort to enhance labor and delivery services, the hospital has hired its own lactation specialist. Chanee...

WCC student may go to NASA

An 18-year-old Wayne Community College automotive student with a passion for astronomy just may get a chance to participate in a project at a NASA facility. Isabelle Flock, of Farmville, has been accepted as a National Community College Aerospace...

Residents want Fremont 'back on the map'

FREMONT -- There was one thing citizens agreed on more than any other at Fremont's first Small Town Economic Prosperity meeting Tuesday: that they want to see Fremont put "back on the map." The meeting, which was sponsored by the...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Representing his county: Patrick Smith to add voice at youth summit

FREMONT -- Patrick Smith has practically grown up at the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Wayne County. The 16-year-old has twice been chosen Youth of the Year at the Fremont club. And, in August, he will add another...

Allen keeps seat by 3 votes

It wasn't official, but Mayor Pro Tempore Chuck Allen said he would sleep a little more soundly Monday night after he overheard he had survived a recount in the race for the District 5 Goldsboro City Council seat. After...

Special blood drive to be held Aug. 14

Donors will have the opportunity to not only give the gift of life at a blood drive Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Chevrolet of Goldsboro, but they will also be able to direct a $5...

Mount Olive native earns Coast Guard command

MOUNT OLIVE -- When Billy Sasser of Mount Olive was in high school, his mother, Susie, remembers getting a note from a teacher telling her that her son likely wouldn't amount to much. The note came to mind recently...

Perdue expected to make two stops in Wayne County

Gov. Beverly Perdue was expected to arrive in Wayne County late this morning to help a local restaurant owner celebrate 50 years in business -- and to sign into law a piece of legislation that would benefit military families like...

Council accepts plan for corner

The Goldsboro City Council gave its blessing Monday to a property owner who first filed a rezoning request for his property at the corner of North Berkeley Boulevard and Ridgecrest Drive more than four months ago. The City Council...

Addiction counselor facing drug charges

A substance abuse counselor has been charged with drug violations. Kenneth Faison, 53, of 609 S. Madison Ave., was arrested Monday on 16 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Faison, a member of the Drug and Alcohol Recovery...

Monday, July 23, 2012

WATCH seeking needed funding

The challenge of creating a sustainable healthcare option in the midst of a budget shortfall and dwindling funding is not lost on Sissy Lee-Elmore, executive director of WATCH, or Wayne Action Teams for Community Health. Her role centers around writing...

Spring Creek student to take on the world

A rising sophomore at Spring Creek High School is one of five winners from the United States who will compete in the Certiport 2012 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office later this month in Las Vegas. Justin Cianfarra, 15, is...

Special blood drive

Donors will have the opportunity to not only give the gift of life at a blood drive Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Chevrolet of Goldsboro, but they will also be able to direct a $5...

Officers ID body found on highway

The body of the man found dead in a roadside ditch Thursday has been identified as Kim Douglas McKoy Jr., 26, of Rose Hill, and according to a report released Saturday, his death has been ruled a homicide. Despite the...

Copper thefts still on rise in county

They come across a new case nearly every day -- an air conditioner or vacant house stripped of its copper parts; a home or business owner left to absorb thousands of dollars in damages. But as thefts of copper coils...

Serving the hungry

There is the occasional clamor of pots and pans that shatters the morning silence at the Community Soup Kitchen. The smell of browning hamburger emanates from beneath an industrial-sized hood where Maria Lecott stands -- just as she has...

Public record

Assault charge Jesse Lee Garner, 55, 730 Longleaf Avenue, was charged by Goldsboro police for assault with a deadly weapon following and altercation with Arnold Lee Garner, 52, of the same residence. The victim was stabbed in the left shoulder...

Partnership for Children gets grant

The Partnership for Children of Wayne County will receive the Spriggles- Spirit and Giggles to motivate and educate young children grant for $760 from the Wayne County Unrestricted Endowment, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation. The...

Sunday, July 22, 2012

50 years of Pig: Wilber's Barbecue celebrates half century

It's not just the barbecue that keeps people coming back. For many, it's the idea of walking into Wilber's Barbecue and seeing Wilber himself behind the counter in his customary jeans and Wilber's cap, ready with a friendly word...

Robber to get time in prison

RALEIGH -- A Wayne County man is awaiting sentencing after a federal jury convicted him Thursday on charges stemming from a string of business robberies in Goldsboro, Pikeville and Wilson in 2009 and 2010. The U.S. District Court jurors,...

Residents, clergy walk to battle crime, violence

Crystal Coley wiped away tears as she stood on the fringe of the small crowd gathered in the parking lot of Madison Market early Saturday morning. She said a few words to police officers who showed up to escort residents...

Literacy Connections plans September fundraiser

Literacy Connections of Wayne County is planning a fundraiser in September to raise money to help more adults achieve their reading goals. Reading Between the Wines will feature not only an evening of wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres, but also...

Highway improvements to begin

Highway improvement projects designed to ease traffic backups caused by left-turning traffic are expected to get under way within the next few weeks on Central Heights Road and Wayne Memorial Drive at Tommy's Road, while a third project, this one...

Accident ends in fire, injuries

Two out-of-state motorcyclists attending a rally in Goldsboro this weekend were hospitalized at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville after a Saturday morning accident on Royall Avenue. Traffic was snarled for more than an hour while Goldsboro police and other...

Turning the page

Edward, 62, was someone everybody called when they needed machinery installed or repaired. He was in such demand that he traveled from Maine to California on a regular basis. But he had a secret, one he kept from colleagues, family...

Fremont STEP meeting Tuesdsay night

FREMONT -- Citizens will have a chance to give their input on how they want Fremont to change Tuesday night at a special Small Town Economic Prosperity meeting. The meeting will be run by Oliver Bass, the chief planner...

Election protest not filed formally

Tondalayo Clark has indicated her intention to challenge the results of the District 4 election in advance of Tuesday's official canvass, although she has not filed a formal request to the Wayne County Board of Elections. The unofficial totals...

City Council will eye zoning request

The Goldsboro City Council is expected to finally deliver a decision on the rezoning of the Matthews and Bridgers property at the corner of North Berkeley Boulevard and Ridgecrest Drive Monday during its meeting at 7 p.m. at Historic...

Batman back

The scene outside Premiere Theatres Saturday morning was pretty subdued. Sure, there was a long line that formed before the doors opened and before the first showing of the next installment of the tale of Batman -- "The Dark...

9th Air Force commander: Seymour Johnson on right track

From the cockpit of a 4th Fighter Wing F-15E, Maj. Gen. Lawrence Wells got to see, firsthand, just why the Strike Eagle is so often the weapon of choice for combatant commanders across the globe. Inside facilities across Seymour Johnson...

Experts: 4G means business

For regular users it means faster download times, quicker data transfer and the ability to live stream video, but for industry in Wayne County the implementation of fourth generation data networks in Goldsboro could mean more business and better...

What is 4G?

Don't be too confused -- the "G" stands for generation meaning 4G is the company's fourth network release, much like compute r programs are released in versions 1.0, 2.0 and so on. In the cases of U.S. Cellular and Verizon...

Friday, July 20, 2012

Winners say 'no' to prize of city house

It was more than a year ago that the Goldsboro City Council voted to donate one of the city's historic homes to the This Old House Save This House Sweepstakes and still no one has claimed the 111-year-old Queen...

Fire hits Goldsboro restaurant

A fire behind Texas Steakhouse and Saloon on Spence Avenue Thursday afternoon caused restaurant guests and employees to be evacuated as responders from Goldsboro Fire Department contained the flames and investigated its cause. Assistant Chief James Farfour was on...

Community gets a garden

When Jamela Grant lost her job recently, one thought swirled in her head -- how would she feed her family? "I'm a single mother. I've got eight children," she said, the youngest born just a few weeks ago. Panic...

Body found on road outside Faison

Mowing crews found the body of a man Thursday in a ditch near Faison with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest, law enforcement personnel said. The workers found the body on Brewer Road. Investigators, the medical examiner and...

Public record

Larceny A 12-gauge Winchester shotgun was stolen from the residence of Glena Parks on Beale Street Wednesday. Parks told police that someone removed a window mounted air conditioner and entered his home through the window. The only item reported...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Williams is not worried about recount

Incumbent District 4 Councilman Rev. Charles Williams said Wednesday he doesn't expect the recount requested by his challenger, Tondalayo Clark, to reverse his victory from Tuesday's election. With all precincts reporting, Williams led the race with 200 votes, while...

Collection gives visitors a look at Fremont's early days

FREMONT -- Jimmy Ballance didn't take the field when a group of Fremont area soldiers fresh home from World War II took on a group of major league baseball players in 1947 and almost won. But he can tell...

Public record

Aluminum theft A vehicle parked outside of the Handy Mart convenience store, 2011 U.S. 70 W., was robbed Tuesday. Unknown suspects removed two rolls of aluminum coil, one valued at $320 and the other at $160. Identity theft Misty...

Prayer walk is Saturday

The STOP the Funeral Initiative, along with other groups in opposition to violence in the community, will hold its 5th annual Unity in the Community Prayer Walk on Saturday, starting at 8 a.m. at Madison Meat Market at 622 Madison...

Restaurant openings on schedule

The mystery as to what business would be moving into the retail space attached to Olive Garden and when it will open has been solved, as Dee Taylor, the director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Eastern North Carolina,...

Ex-gang member tells students about choices

Reggie Brown wishes somebody had sat down and talked to him about the "hard choices" when he was 12. Before he joined a gang at 15. Before he held a gun. Before he did drugs and wound up in...

Nursing school graduates honored at WCC ceremony

Wayne Community College recognized the 36 members of its Associate Degree Nursing class of 2012 in a formal pinning ceremony recently. The annual service, which includes presentation of nursing pins and nurse's creed scrolls by the faculty of the...

Eagle Scout project led to 'Keller's trees' at hospital

Just call Kirk Keller the Johnny Appleseed of Wayne County, except with pine trees. That's what Tom Bradshaw, vice president of operations at Wayne Memorial Hospital, quipped when discussing the "Kirk Keller pine trees" that have adorned the entryway of...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

It's still King

As the results of the municipal election were rolling in Tuesday night, a few candidates and representatives of candidates were watching returns at the Wayne County Board of Elections -- eyes locked on the scrolling screen. A couple of...

Laroque indicted

State Rep. Stephen LaRoque has been charged with illegally using federal money intended for low-interest economic development loans to buy expensive jewelry, including Faberge eggs, and a Kinston ice rink for his wife, as well as a house that...

Headen beats Pritchard

Michael Headen will serve for a second term as District 1's city councilman after collecting a lopsided victory over challenger Kyle Pritchard in Tuesday's election. Headen received 199 votes to Pritchard's 87 to allow him to remain on the...

Busco Beach: Teen's death 'tragic'

After facing their fifth drowning accident since 2000 last week, officials at Busco Beach are reminding their patrons to tread carefully when going in the lake or hopping on an ATV. Jaimel Cooper, 14, of Raleigh was swimming across...

Results in from July 4 'Booze It and Lose It' patrols

Red, white and blue flags and fireworks gave way to blue flashing lights over the Fourth of July two-week holiday period as the Governor's Highway Safety Campaign unleashed "Booze It and Lose It," campaign -- a dragnet of DWI...

Aycock beats Kasey

Eugene Aycock won the District 6 showdown between political rookies, receiving more than twice the amount of votes cast for Fran Kasey in the race for that district's council seat. Aycock received 352 votes to Mrs. Kasey's 142 --...

Allen keeps seat by just 13 votes

It was a perfect storm of city politics -- a write-in campaign in a non-partisan election funded by the Republican Party in the weeks leading up to a low turnout election. And Mayor Pro Tempore Chuck Allen was in...

Williams' challenger: She will contest vote

The unofficial returns from District 4 showed incumbent the Rev. Charles Williams with a 200 to 190 vote victory over challenger Tondalayo Clark Tuesday night, but Ms. Clark indicated this morning that she intends to challenge the results of...

TRANZ Center gets home for homeless

It takes a lot of motivation for someone to give away a house. But when one investor heard what Timothy Whitfield was doing for Goldsboro's youths and homeless, he was convinced it was the right thing to do. Whitfield,...

Republicans choose their candidates

Republicans decided nominees for three statewide offices in Tuesday's second primary, while Democrats resolved one race left unsettled from the first primary in June. Dan Forest won the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor, defeating Tony Gurley 101,391 votes (68...

Goodman retakes former seat against Farlow

William Goodman will once again represent District 3 on the Goldsboro City Council more than eight years after he resigned from the seat due to a felony conviction. Goodman received 326 votes -- 71.65 percent of 455 votes cast...

Goldsboro election held a few surprise races, close calls

It's come eight months late, but the citizens of Goldsboro have now selected their new governing body in some of the most bizarre and unprecedented election circumstances in the state's history. More than 3,400 Wayne County voters cast ballots...

Broadaway plans to start looking over issues

With a write-in campaign making the other unopposed race interesting, Bill Broadaway's race for the District 2 race emerged Tuesday as the only truly uncontested race, with the political newcomer receiving 373 votes of 392 ballots cast in his...

Arts Council will open exhibit Thursday in its new downtown location

The first exhibit to open at the Arts Council of Wayne County's new building will be "Carolina Country." The display will open Thursday and run through Aug. 23. "This was something we'd been planning since we were at our old...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

King wins re-election, board sees little turnover

Goldsboro Mayor Al King won re-election Tuesday night, besting challenger Henry Jinette.In District 1, Councilman Michael Headen beat challenger Kyle Pritchard by a wide margin.In District 2, Bill Broadaway won his uncontested race.In District 3, William Goodman will return to...

LaRoque indicted by federal grand jury

State Rep. Stephen LaRoque, R-Lenoir, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on eight criminal counts, U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced today. LaRoque, who lost May's Republican primary for state House District 10 to John Bell IV...

Pikeville Walmart is moving forward

PIKEVILLE -- Walmart is advertising on its website for a supervisor for the nearly 14,000-square-foot Walmart Express the company plans to build at 303 S. Goldsboro St. (U.S. 117 Alternate) just north of the Food Lion supermarket. The website indicates...

Fatal Fire not Suspicious

A mobile home fire that claimed the life of a Wayne County man early Sunday is no longer being considered suspicious by investigators. Gabriel Velasquez died in the fire at 128 Brenn Loop Road in the Mar-Mac community. Maj....

Businesses eye downtown

The city's investment into Center Street might already be paying dividends as Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. Director Julie Thompson said Friday she has already received five applications for new business incentive grants for entrepreneurs hoping to open businesses on...

WCC Community garden project connects students to futures

With its Sustainable Agriculture program, Wayne Community College doesn't just offer college credits. It's also a way for students to grow their community connection. The program has a market garden lab on campus, which students use to gain their...

City election today

Turnout is expected to be low across the state for North Carolina's secondary primary election today, but Wayne County Elections Board Director Beverly York said she believes interest in the races for seats on the Goldsboro City Council could...

Section of N.C. 11 in Duplin County to be closed

KENANSVILLE -- Starting next week, a section of N.C. 11 will be closed for a two-week period for construction work. The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close an approximately 10-mile stretch of N.C. 11, from just north of...

More names needed for PH Banquet

They have no explanation for the fact that, to date, there has been an underwhelming response to their call for the names of local heroes. But with only a few weeks until the event meant to honor them, organizers of...

Public record

Kidnapping, assault Roxanne Faison, 300 block Level Street, and Kimberly Jones, 500 block Linnen Lane were attacked at Ms. Faison's home after 8 p.m.. Friday. Faison and Jones reported to Goldsboro police that several females drove to the victims home...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Welsh named CEO at Cherry

After nearly a year at the helm as interim director at Cherry Hospital, Luckey Welsh took the reins on a more permanent basis Wednesday as state Department of Health and Human Services named him chief executive officer of the...

Early morning fire claims one Sunday

A man was killed early Sunday in a house fire that has been ruled suspicious. Gabriel Velasquez, age unknown, of 128 Brenn Loop Road was found dead inside his single-wide mobile home as firefighters from Mar Mac, Arrington and...

Salvation Army keeping busy with summer youth camps

At Christmastime, the Salvation Army bell ringers are out in full force. It's the busiest time of the year for the organization. But people might not know that summer keeps Salvation Army volunteers scurrying as well. That's when youths are...

Judge: Senate Bill 105 is now signed into law

It won't bring Kristie Jernigan Lee back to her children's bedsides. It won't give Jacob Allen Floars a renewed shot at experiencing adulthood. Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones knows this. But when, late Thursday afternoon, he received a call from...

More than 900 vote ahead of Tuesday election

More than 900 people have voted in advance of Tuesday's election, which will serve as the city of Goldsboro's general election and a secondary primary for a number of state races. According to statistics from the Wayne County Board...

Sponsors sought for beaches

RALEIGH -- The State Capitol Historic Site is honoring the governors of North Carolina with "Seats of Honor." The project will add new benches to the site's original iron benches while honoring the legacy of the state's governors. Six benches...

Fremont hearing Tuesday

FREMONT -- Fremont residents will have a chance Tuesday night to comment on and ask questions about a $750,000 federal Community Development Block Grant the town wants to apply for that would be used to make improvements to its water...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sentencings delayed, again

Sentencing has been delayed again for three men involved in a bid-rigging scheme involving Wayne County Public Schools. David Lee Tedder, 50, of Selma and former school employees Danny Lee Langley, 54, of Snow Hill and Earl Wayne Rhodes, 58,...

A message from the editor

Being the editor of a daily newspaper does not often lend itself to joyous interactions with mankind. In fact, much of my day is occupied by politicians, crime news and what the latest Washington misstep is doing to damage the...

A prayer, answered

It started with an e-mail, a random one that ended up in the News-Argus' general mailbox. It was chance that it landed there -- and it was dicey that it would have been forwarded, not with the spam blockers and...

Dixon to face a new Dem in House battle

A new Democratic candidate has stepped up to run against Re-publican Rep. Jimmy Dixon in the state House District 4 race. The need for a new challenger occurred when Delores Kennedy, the original Democratic candidate, pulled out of the...

Study finds art is $2.8 million industry in Wayne County

At the Arts Council of Wayne County's Arts and Economic Prosperity Study announcement Wednesday, there were signs of Goldsboro's embrace of the arts and culture all around -- and that was just the Arts Council's new building. Wayne Martin,...

School system principals, administrators on the move

New principals, assistant principals, and curriculum specialists for the 2012-13 school year have been announced for Wayne County Public Schools. Administrative changes for principals will be made at Brogden Middle, Dillard Middle, Meadow Lane Elementary, Northwest Elementary, and Rosewood...

Fire on Rouse Farm Road

Firefighters douse a smoldering building with water Saturday night on N.C. 55 at Rouse Farm Road. The building, used for storage of Julius Rouse's many antiques, caught fire while he was cooking in the back of it. Propane tanks...

Blood drive schedule

Following is the July blood drive schedule for the Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross: July 17 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Excell Linde Goldsboro. July 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3HC Home, Health...

Hospital earns accreditation and Gold Seal of Approval from Joint Commission

Wayne Memorial Hospital has earned a Gold Seal of Approval from and has been accredited by The Joint Commission by demonstrating compliance with the commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation, which is...

Student awarded for donation efforts

Yamiaya Dunn, a recent graduate of Goldsboro High School, has won a $50 gift card from the American Red Cross. She won the card by sponsoring a blood drive back in May at her school. Miss Dunn exceeded her...

Write-in candidates campaigning in Districts 3 and 5

Their names won't be on the ballots Tuesday, but at least two Goldsboro citizens are asking for write-in votes in the city's municipal election in an effort to throw a wrench into the plans of candidates who filed before...

Write-in injecting partisanship in nonpartisan race

Goldsboro's municipal elections have always been spared the divisive political climate associated with partisan races, but those non-partisan races based on local issues could soon be a thing of the past as the Wayne County Republican Party has thrown...

Mayor: Jinnette v. King

Mayor Al King is seeking his third full term as mayor but faces a challenge from Henry Jinnette in the July 17 municipal general election. King received 4,067 votes -- 63.88 percent of total votes cast -- at the...

Jinnette as a business recruiter? Maybe, maybe not

It's a familiar refrain printed on each of Henry Jinnette's fliers: "The only candidate with experience bringing new business to Goldsboro." On handbills he says he has passed out to city employees and at churches there is a list...

District 6: Kasey v. Aycock

District 6 Councilman Jackie Warrick's decision to not run for re-election this year has led to a race in the northeast portion of the city between two city government newcomers in Gene Aycock and Fran Kasey. Both candidates have...

District 4: Clark v. Williams

District 4 Councilman Rev. Charles Williams will seek his fifth term on the Goldsboro City Council during the municipal election July 17, but is being challenged by educator Tondalayo Clark. Williams received 668 votes -- 72.77 percent of votes...

District 3: Goodman v. Farlow

The race for the vacated seat of District 3 Councilman Don Chatman features a newcomer taking on a council veteran as Ben Farlow will oppose former Councilman William Goodman. Farlow said he would like to see the city prioritize...

District 1: Pritchard v. Headen

Incumbent Michael Headen will defend his seat from challenger and Goldsboro newcomer Kyle Pritchard in the race for the Goldsboro City Council's District 1 seat. For the 27-year-old Pritchard, the campaign got off to a rough start when a...

District 5: Allen running unopposed

Mayor Pro Tempore Chuck Allen, running unopposed in the District 5 City Council race, hopes to continue progress by serving a fourth term in the seat he has held since 1999.  Allen, 50, said he initially ran for City...

District 2: Broadaway also unopposed

Running unopposed for the vacated District 2 seat of Bob Waller, Bill Broadaway aims to maintain balance in the city if he's elected to serve on Goldsboro's City Council. Broadaway, 67, has lived in Goldsboro since 1991, but said...

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Obtaining property by false pretenses The State Employees Credit Union, 1804 N. Berkeley Blvd., found out Thursday it had been duped for the amount of $275. An unknown subject passed through the credit unions drive through Monday and submitted to...

Protest against city crime provides no answers

It was an argument that effectively ended what had been an otherwise lackluster protest Saturday morning, one which was all at once about politics, violence and parenting. But in bringing it to an end, the verbal sparring also punctuated...

Grant putting technology in trained student, teacher hands

Wayne County Public Schools' sizable military student population is enabling the system to add more than $1 million in instructional technology that will benefit all students at seven county schools. School board members Monday night were updated on the...

Friday, July 13, 2012

Grads choose education

More than three-quarters of Wayne County Public Schools' recent 1,206 graduates say they plan to pursue their higher education goals through two- or four-year education programs. Of the 1,206 graduates from the county's eight high schools, 948 (78.6 percent)...

Reading program offers 'up close' with amphibians

FREMONT -- Fremont Library welcomed children, parents and a live alligator to its summer reading program Thursday. There were several gasps and yells of delight as the children got to see and learn about turtles, snakes, lizards, salamanders and,...

Multi-year investigation ends in sentence of drug cartel members

GREENVILLE -- A 10-year Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force operation has resulted in the arrests of two men connected with a Mexican drug cartel that was operating, in part, in eastern North Carolina. Both men have been sentenced to...

Grad coach project to get $100,000

An unexpected $100,000 contribution from the Wayne County ABC Board not only will allow the county to preserve the graduation coach program at Southern Wayne High School, but to expand the program into three middle schools as well. Wayne County...

Local historic sites to hold Second Saturday events

BENTONVILLE BATTLEFIELD The Bentonville Battlefield will hold the second of three summer Second Saturday programs on Saturday. The theme for the battlefield for July is "From Slaves to Soldiers: The African American Experience during the Civil War." Presentations will include...

DHHS names acting mental health head

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Al Delia announced today the appointment of Jim Jarrard as acting director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, effective immediately. Jarrard has been deputy director...

Downtown street work to close part of Mulberry all day Saturday

Construction on the Center Street Streetscape project in downtown Goldsboro will impact traffic further Saturday as the contractors will be installing an electrical conduit across Mulberry Street. Mulberry Street will be closed to all traffic from Center Street west...

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Shot fired into school A three-inch bullet hole was found in a window of Eastern Wayne High School Wednesday. Within five feet of the penetrated window, a slug was recovered. Wayne County Sheriff's deputies believe the bullet was fired from...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cherry Hospital names director

Interim Cherry Hospital Director Luckey Welsh has been named the new chief executive officer for the state psychiatric facility. According to a news release from the state Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary Al Delia made Welsh's appointment...

Program to assist unemployed veterans

Unemployed veterans in Wayne County can now get 12 months of free training for high-demand jobs, thanks to a federal assistance program that took effect last week. The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program operates through community colleges and technical schools...

School openings, closings released

Opening and closing times for Wayne County Schools for the new school year were approved Monday by the Wayne County Board of Education. The state requires the times to be approved on an annual basis. The schools and opening and...

Practice helps patients take back their lives

Lafayett Hines ambles into the office of N.C. Orthotics and Prosthetics. If he weren't wearing shorts, you might not readily notice the artificial limb replacing the one claimed during a motorcycle accident 10 years ago. The wreck on Beston Road...

New Internet parlor rules eyed

Internet or sweepstakes cafes would have to close by 11 p.m. and could not be closer than 1,000 feet to homes, churches and schools under a countywide zoning ordinance being considered by Wayne County commissioners. A public hearing on...

Salvation Army seeking vendors for fall fundraiser

The Salvation Army is taking reservations from vendors for tables at its Fall Festival to be held Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lt. Julie Igleheart said anyone can rent a table for $25. "If you sell crafts...

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Stolen cameras Two men removed two digital cameras from their packaging at Sam's Club, 2811 N. Park Drive, and left without paying. The Nikon L810 CoolPix cameras were valued at $299 each and one of the suspects had been previously...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Keen calls for schools/county meeting

Wayne County Commissioner Steve Keen, who last month failed to sway his fellow commissioners to call for a joint meeting with the Wayne County Board of Education, Monday night took his case directly to the school board. Tuesday morning he...

Company gets incentive; town gets better water

Mt. Olive Pickle Co. could be in line to receive $70,000 in economic incentive funding from Wayne County as the company prepares to make $10 million in investments in real property including land and improvements, machinery and equipment over the...

ECU performers practice at Paramount

Wayne County residents got a rare behind-the-scenes look at one of three productions that will soon take to the Paramount Theatre stage. Students with East Carolina University School of Theatre and Dance are in town all week to perform for...

Driver loses control, hits neighbor's home

Kelly Springs Road in Mount Olive played host to a neighborhood get-together of a different sort Tuesday. James Whitman, 71, of 150 Kelly Springs Road, left his house in the early afternoon to visit his wife at a nursing home....

Matt Bartlett Band to headline concert at Busch Gardens

The Matt Bartlett Band may have had a built-in audience when it was chosen as opening act for popular contemporary Christian recording artist Third Day at Busch Gardens last month. But the sold-out crowd and response to the Facebook...

Eastpointe merger done, more changes still on the way

More than 10 years after the original state mental health reform efforts, the local system is still undergoing change -- the latest on July 1 when Eastpointe tripled in size, growing from four to 12 counties. The next major...

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Identity theft A former roommate allegedly used a Kinston woman's personal information to obtain electric services. Frenchshall Dunk attempted to have power turned on at her new residence Monday only to be told she already had an account at an...

Optimists collecting computers Saturday

The Goldsboro Optimist Club will hold another Computers4Kids Collection Day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Sam's Club parking lot to collect used computers and equipment in working or repairable condition. The Optimist Computers4Kids program provides...

Sign-up period under way for those who want to grow hybrid biofuel grass

CLINTON -- The sign-up period has begun for people who want to grow hybrid perennial grasses for a facility that would convert the grasses into ethanol even though no formal announcement has been made as to whether or not...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Taylor gets supplement

The Wayne County Board of Education Monday for the second year in a row split 5-2 on approving a $6,500 supplement for Superintendent Dr. Steven Taylor. And as was the case last year, the two no votes were cast...

Salvation Army needs volunteers for bath fix-ups

Customers and donors to the Salvation Army's family thrift store might notice something different in the next few weeks. The restrooms have been closed. Lt. Kenny Igleheart, Salvation Army commander, closed the restrooms because they are in need of repair....

12 Paws and a Prayer Fund

Did the Kuhlmans' story touch your heart? Are you a veteran, an animal lover or have a  grandchild or child who loves his or her pet madly? Then join The News-Argus as we work to raise money to keep...

Council delays vote on rezoning

A contentious rezoning request was tabled at Monday's Goldsboro City Council meeting due to the absence of Mayor Al King, who was unable to attend the first meeting of the 2012-13 fiscal year due to a scheduling conflict. Citizens...

Tip helps city police capture suspect in shooting

A tip from Crimestoppers led to the successful capture Monday of a Goldsboro man wanted for attempted first-degree murder and other charges. According to a press release from the Goldsboro Police Department, Edquan Moronta Battle, 25, 508 Dail St.,...

Ride for best friends

He didn't flinch when a brown-haired little girl barreled toward his dish -- when she plopped down beside it and started splashing water in his face. He ignored her when she stuck her hand in the cool drink meant to...

Wayne Community College honors administrative employees

The Wayne Community College unit of the Association of Educational Office Professionals honored its administrator and professional of the year at its annual Administrators Luncheon. Beverly Deans was named Administrator of the Year. Ms. Deans came to the college...

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Death investigation A Goldsboro woman called police Sunday to report that she found her sister, Sandra Gayle Melvin, 59, 920 Fairview Circle, unresponsive. EMS Unit 61 responded and pronounced Melvin dead. The last known contact with the victim was by...

Monday, July 9, 2012

Hospital decides to build complex

Construction has begun on a new medical office building on the campus of Wayne Memorial Hospital that will house physicians recruited to the area and mark the return of the Wayne Area Diabetes Education Center (WADEC), to the hospital grounds....

Detour today as work begins on N.C. 111

A section of N.C. 111 North (Patetown Road) near U.S. 117 will be closed starting this morning through July 29 for the state Department of Transportation to complete two projects. The projects include construction of a right turn lane...

Bypass contract awarded

The contract for construction of the third and final section of the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass has been awarded, clearing the way for the highway to open to traffic in late 2015. The $62.4 million contract awarded to S.T. Wooten...

It's official: Two eateries taking over locations

Vacancies at two of downtown's most prominent eatery spots have been filled and both restaurants should be open by the end of the summer with the return of Central Lunch expected by the first week of August. Carlos Herriera,...

Record heat still threat to crops

After a record-high wheat yield this season, Wayne County farmers are hoping for a little rain and cooler temperatures to bring in an impressive corn and tobacco crop as well. Extension Service Field Crop Agent John Sanderson said thanks...

14-year-old drowns

Tragedy struck amid the high heat and dry air Sunday. Darnell Cooper, 14, of Raleigh, drowned between 6 and 7 p.m. at Busco Beach ATV Park and Campground, 1234 Bryan Road, Goldsboro. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office was called immediately...

July round of Career Readiness tests to start this week

The public will have four opportunities to take the WorkKeys tests for Career Readiness Certification in the remainder of July. The Wayne Occupational Readiness Keys for Success program will provide testing sessions 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on July 10; 12:30-4:30...

Better teacher classes start today

Wayne Community College Continuing Education will offer a series of teacher effectiveness classes in July. Teachers and others who work in classroom can choose from seven hybrid (combining classroom and online instruction) courses that will be taught Monday-Thursday, today...

WCC's Phi Beta Lambda brings home national awards

Wayne Community College's Phi Beta Lambda business education student organization placed in nine competitive events at the organization's 2012 National Leadership Conference held last month in San Antonio, Texas. The Gamma Chi chapter competed against delegates from universities and...

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Thefts *Daniel G. Rios Jr., 35, 300 block West Pine Street, reported the theft of an $850 19-inch flat-screen monitor. *Ricky Fair, 54, 100 block Rose Court, Dudley, told police someone had stolen 50 feet of copper pipe valued at...

Mount Olive College growing Jacksonville campus

JACKSONVILLE -- Mount Olive College is holding a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for a new building that will be located on the Jacksonville campus. The additional 10,000 feet of space, located on Onslow Drive, will provide more parking, classroom space,...

Southern Wayne alumni gather for weekend of activities

MOUNT OLIVE -- Jacquetta Stringfield keeps in touch with her Southern Wayne High School classmates by attending the reunions each year. Plus, she also communicates with them through social media outlets on her computer at home. On Sunday, when...

Progress Energy warns of scam over utility bills

Progress Energy is urging customers be on alert for a new utility bill payment scam affecting customers across the country. Scammers claim that President Obama will pay customers' utility bills through a new federal program. Progress Energy has received...

Body recovered at Busco Beach

The body of a 14-year-old Raleigh resident was recovered early this morning at Busco Beach after an accidental drowning. For the complete story, see Monday's News-Argus....

Sunday, July 8, 2012

WCC fall registration begins this month

Registration period for fall classes at Wayne Community College begins this month. New and returning students can sign up on the main campus July 16 from 1 to 7 p.m. and July 17-19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m....

In their names: Kristie Jernigan Lee

It rode in on the back of a cool, fall breeze -- the lone white dove that landed within feet of where, just more than a month earlier, Gavin Lee had witnessed the burial of his 37-year-old mother, Kristie. It...

Gem mystery solved: Box is claimed

For Wayne County officials, the box of minerals and semi-precious stones that showed up in their mailroom was a mystery. For Sandra Castle, it was a box full of memories -- the items belonged to her late husband, Jack. Jack...

In their names: Jacob Floars

He passes by it every day -- the wooden cross he constructed to honor a local teenager who lost his life at the hands of a drunken driver Oct. 10, 2010. But standing next to that roadside memorial -- sharing...

Couple will share their journey from divorce

Sherry Jennings fought hard for her marriage, until she reached a breaking point. Her husband, Scott's adulterous affair and continued alcohol abuse was not stopping. So she asked him to move out. Jennings rebelled. He moved in with the...

In their names: The path to justice

He knew he had a busy day behind the bench ahead of him -- that he wouldn't have much time to spend outside of his robe. But Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones knew how important this particular meeting was. So...

County commissioners to eye zoning around Internet parlors

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning will continue efforts to craft an ordinance amendment governing the location and operation of Internet or sweepstakes cafes countywide -- even in areas where the county does not have zoning in place. The county...

Man tries to escape DWI checkpoint

A Dudley man is facing multiple charges after he attempted to flee, first in his car and then on foot, from Goldsboro police at a driving while intoxicated checkpoint early Saturday morning on North William Street. The brief chase...

High heat not going away yet, but some relief is on the way

Wayne County residents are braving the triple-digit heat -- even if they might rather have the temperature and humidity a little more under control. Temperatures are forecast to hit 100 today and the mid-90's on Monday. There is a...

Fremont funded to start planning

FREMONT -- The town's Planning Kickoff Committee will meet Thursday at 8 a.m. at town hall as the Fremont community embarks on its first steps into the N.C. Small Towns Economic Prosperity Program. Designed to help struggling small towns with...

Chickens could come home to roost in city

The Goldsboro City Council will begin its work session Monday at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Annex to tackle a relatively light agenda and view three presentations from department heads. The first concerns changes to the animal ordinance,...

Class memories: Carver alumni gather

MOUNT OLIVE -- Whether it took a day-long drive, or as in the case of Ethel Briley, a stroll across the street, the hundreds who returned to their old high school this past weekend did so out of a sense...

Andy Griffith roamed the halls of Goldsboro High School

Not many people know that years before Sheriff Andy Taylor patrolled Mayberry in a Ford Galaxie police cruiser running on Goober's sweat and Gomer's gas, a young Andy Griffith cruised Goldsboro in a hatchback so beat-up, it shocked him...

Friday, July 6, 2012

Solar energy companies plan projects in Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Two solar farm companies are planning projects in the Mount Olive area, pending a change in the town code of ordinances to allow renewable energy. A public hearing will be held at the Mount Olive town...

Suspect, hero at heist named

Authorities have identified the assailant who attempted to rob, at gunpoint, the Kangaroo Express located inside the BP gas station at 901 W. Grantham St. Tuesday morning, as well as the man who courageously stepped in to stop him....

Movies scheduled at Paramount

Goldsboro residents will soon be able to enjoy movies at the Paramount Theatre. Movies will start in August and run periodically through February. "We are excited about the chance to show movies," said Sherry Archibald, director. "It's another way to...

Sprinkler fun

Carlos Gonzalez, 5, runs around under a large sprinkler during Goldsboro's Sprinkler Fun Day at Cornerstone Commons Thursday afternoon. The sprinkler is set up by the Goldsboro Fire Department every Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. during the summer to...

Council hopeful Ben Farlow proposes new vision for city

Goldsboro resident Ben Farlow will be on the ballot July 17 as he seeks the city's District 3 council seat being vacated by Don Chatman. Farlow, 36, said he became interested in city government through interactions he had with...

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Stolen vehicles * Goldsboro police are investigating the theft of blue 1996 Subaru Brighton, taken Tuesday from the parking lot between the library an Herman park. * A black 2003 Cadillac CTS was stolen from a Virginia Street residence in...

Man, 51, cited after crashing into building

A driver was cited by Goldsboro police Thursday for failure to maintain lane control after crashing into a local storefront. Negussie Ketema Betele, 51, 103 W. Lockhaven Drive, was turning right onto Ash Street when he lost control of his...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Looking up

Hallie Stanley, right, 6, sits alongside her mother, Lisa, as they watch a Fourth of July fireworks show in Goldsboro late Wednesday night in the parking lot of Berkeley Mall. Residents from all over the county capped off their...

Man, 81, shot in his home

An elderly man was found shot to death early today on Slick Rock Road, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Investigators released few details of the shooting, but neighbors and family members said Ralph Exum Jones, 81, was...

Andy Griffith already laid to rest

MANTEO -- Actor Andy Griffith, who died Tuesday morning at the age of 86, was buried within hours on his estate near Manteo, family and friends said. Griffith, a North Carolina native who made famous the character of Sheriff Andy...

County chief disproves $50 million claim

Blanket statements that the county has nearly $50 million nestled away in its fund balance are incorrect and do not tell the complete story, Wayne County Commission Chairman John Bell said prior to commissioners' recent approval of the county's $159...

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Shooting into occupied dwelling An unknown black man entered a home in Dudley where a card game was being held and shot into the residence. According a report filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office evidence indicated both a shotgun...

Hundreds expected for reunions in Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Two local alumni associations are holding weekend-long reunions, beginning today and Friday, to celebrate with friends and family members from near and far. The Carver Alumni and Friends Association kicked off its annual reunion this morning...

Independence Day celebration at Westbrook Park

Shyquell Kornegay jumps at his chance to climb the grease pole at Westbrook Park in Mount Olive during the Fourth of July celebration. A crowd of about 400 people took part in the events, followed with a 15-minute fireworks...

Local lawyer accused in fraud

The North Carolina State Bar has accused another local lawyer of engaging in a scheme to defraud banks by disguising purchase transactions as refinance transactions. Greg Riley, formerly of Orander & Riley Attorneys and Counselors at Law, is implicated...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Man charged in infant's death

A Dudley man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of his 4-month old baby. Brendan Jamarin Pemberton, of 115 Rhodes Drive, was charged after his son, Jaylin, was found unresponsive at the family's home May...

Teens facing murder charge

Goldsboro police arrested two teenagers Monday in connection with the murder of Kevin Bell, a 34-year-old who was shot to death June 14 in front of his Slaughter Street home. Stephon Deandre Jennings, 18, of 621 Isler St., and Javonta...

Robbery ends in shooting

A brave customer prevented an armed robbery at a convenience store on Grantham Street early today. Just after 3 a.m., an unidentified black man entered the Kangaroo Express at 901 W. Grantham St. and reached behind the counter, according to...

Mayberry in mourning: Actor Andy Griffith dies

MANTEO -- Actor Andy Griffith, an iconic figure in North Carolina, died early today at the age of 86. News reports quoted William Friday, former president of the University of North Carolina and close friend, as saying that Griffith died...

One-stop voting continues through July 14

The first two days of one-stop early voting last week attracted 157 voters -- 98 on Thursday and 59 on Friday -- in advance of the July 17 second primary. The primary will serve as Goldsboro's general election, and...

Homes for foreign students needed

The Terra Lingua/Terra des Langues student exchange program is seeking homes for five students. Professor Frederic Fladenmuller of East Carolina University said the students are two boys from France, two girls from France and a girl from Spain. The Spanish...

Experts: Fireworks are dangerous

As Goldsboro residents get ready to light up their grills and celebrate the Fourth of July, experts are reminding residents to be careful with fireworks. The trouble with fireworks is that people often don't realize how dangerous -- and...

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Suspicious fire At 2:35 a.m. Saturday morning Kenneth Wooten, 815 1/2 E. Walnut St, called 911 to report a fire in a neighboring apartment. Mr. Wooten was awakened minutes earlier by the smell of smoke and witnessed flames in the...

Monday, July 2, 2012

Teens charged with murder

Two Goldsboro teenagers were arrested this afternoon for what Goldsboro police officers allege is their role in the June 14 murder of 34-year-old Kevin Terrell Bell. Stephon Deandre Jennings and Javonta Marquez Ellis are being held in Wayne County Jail....

Wayne teenage pregnancy rate decreasing

Teen pregnancy will probably always be a concern, local officials say, but thanks to collaboration among agencies in Wayne County and an increase in educational efforts, there is a "positive trend" in reducing the number of teenagers having babies. "We're...

Storm drops hail, some trees in county

Heavy rain and hail ranging from penny-to-near-golf-ball size pummeled Mount Olive for about 15 minutes Sunday afternoon while the storm's strong winds left branches and trees down across the area including on Thunder Swamp Road at N.C. 55 and on...

Sunday in the Park

Multiple vendors selling handmade jewelry, entertainers, the Arts Council of Wayne County and farmers selling their fresh fruit and vegetables withstood the 100-degree heat Sunday for Goldsboro's Parks and Recreation Sunday in the Park event. Sunday in the Park...

Library hires consultant to help devise strategic plan

A Charlotte-based consultant has been hired by the Wayne County Public Library to assist in the development of the library's $20,000 strategic plan -- a process that library Director Donna Phillips said will include public participation. "This is a management...

Korean War vets sought

About 1,500 Certificates of Appreciation have been requested through the N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs by Korean War veterans and family members as part of the U.S. Department of Defense's June launch of "The Year of the Korean War Veteran."...

Fourth of July closings

The Goldsboro News-Argus will be closed Wednesday for the July Fourth holiday and no paper will be published, but the newspaper will reopen Thursday for normal business. Local, state and federal offices, including banks and the post office, also will...

Have time off work? Some events regionally

Cary * Independence Eve performance by Applause! Cary Youth Theatre touring troupe at Sertoma Amphitheatre July 3 at 6:30 p.m. and Cary Town Band at 7:30 p.m. * Independence Day activities July 4 at Bond Park starting at 8:30 a.m.,...

Enjoy fireworks but be careful

With the Independence Day holiday coming up, people will be wanting to celebrate with fireworks of all kinds. In all the fun and excitement, don't forget about fireworks safety. Capt. Rob Loreman with the Goldsboro Fire Department offers these...

Plenty of ways to celebrate July Fourth in Wayne County

Wayne County residents will be treated to games, food, contests -- and of course, fireworks -- this year with several local events. After months of planning, members of the Mount Olive Exchange Club will treat Wayne County residents to...

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Local man beats injury, back at restaurant

When Bryan Lewis shakes your hand, his fingers don't close around yours. The paralysis from the October 2010 car accident is still there. But he greets you with a confident smile that belies his grip. Determination radiates from him...

Mercury soars as Wayne County tries to keep cool

Cars on North Berkeley Boulevard whizz past the News-Argus marquee Saturday afternoon where the electronic screen showed the temperature topping out at a scorching 108 degrees. An unlucky traveler pushes his car along Cashwell Drive. He's dripping in sweat...

Marking the history of the night the bombs fell

EUREKA -- The crash was inevitable as soon as the right wing broke off a Seymour Johnson Air Force Base B-52 -- when the nose of the massive aircraft dove toward the ground. There would be an explosion -- a...

Deannexation takes effect, residents no longer part of city

Goldsboro's city limits shrank this morning and its population today is about 1,100 less than it was Saturday now that a state law officially deannexing the Phase 11 area from the city's jurisdiction has taken effect. It seems to...

District gets funds for schools with large military populations

Wayne County Public Schools has been awarded a $1.6 million grant to implement technology programs in seven schools that have a high concentration of military-connected students. The funding comes from the Department of Defense Education Activity Educational Partnership, grant...

Agencies competing for United Way grants

United Way of Wayne County is looking for a few volunteers -- and it's willing to reward the agencies that find them. Beginning today, UnitedWayne will issue a mini-grant challenge to all non-profit organizations in Wayne County through its...

Surveys sought for community health assessement

Have you taken the Wayne County Community Health Needs Assessment yet? The surveys, designed to address the major health and community issues locally, are still being collected through July. Officials with Wayne Memorial Hospital and the Wayne County Health...

Rocky mailroom mystery for county

It is an enigma that has Wayne County officials literally turning over rocks, or rather in this case, valuable minerals, as they try to unlock a mystery that was delivered to their mailroom. It all started when a large...

For parents, keeping kids safe is part of summer's challenge

Children may view summer as time to be spent outside playing, on trips to the beach and swimming, but for parents, it is a time to be concerned about sunburn, bug bites, poison ivy and other potential health problems....

Few items and knowledge can help keep child safe

When packing a first-aid kit with Band-Aids, gauze, tape, ointments and other items required to take care of the lumps, bumps, cuts and bruises that children sustain, don't forget to include emergency numbers and a dose of common sense....

Banquet planned for Purple Heart heroes

They want to honor men and women who have sacrificed for their country, but don't yet know who to invite. They envision an evening of fellowship, storytelling and standing ovations, but need a cadre of volunteers -- and donors...

Goldsboro Jaycees accepting outstanding citizen awards

The Goldsboro Jaycees are accepting nominations for outstanding citizens in several categories. The winners will be recognized at the annual Distinguished Service Awards reception on July 23. Nominees for the Distinguished Service Award should demonstrate exemplary qualities of leadership,...

Residents' cime worries have potential budget effects

What started out as a small meeting with Mayor Al King ballooned into a small demonstration Friday at City Hall when more than 25 supporters turned out for the meeting with city officials on the violent crime issues facing...

Agent: Health care decision changes little for most people

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Thursday upholding the Affordable Healthcare Act and its individual mandate component, local insurance agents are not expecting an immediate influx of people looking for health coverage. Ed Spence, who, among other types,...

Local health professionals take wait-and-see attitude

Local health care professionals are taking a wait-and-see attitude about the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the national health care law. William Paugh, president and CEO of Wayne Memorial Hospital, said he was one of many people confused when...