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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Man opens fire at The Pines

A LaGrange man was arrested late Friday evening after allegedly firing shots at a local retirement home. Waylon Britt Thompson, 27, of 254 Beston Road, was charged with felony breaking and entering, firing into an occupied structure and several counts...

Progress Energy closes coal-fired plant in county

The coal-fired H.F. Lee plant, which has provided electrical power for more than 60 years, closed Saturday. Progress Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, retired the plant as part of its modernization efforts, which included closing all of...

Commission plans Monday night meeting

DUDLEY -- Wayne County commissioners Monday night will hold their second and final scheduled evening meeting. There is no set agenda for the meeting, which will start at 6 p.m. at the Southern Wayne High School cafeteria. The first...

A little yeast: A second act

SEVEN SPRINGS -- A little girl stands alongside her grandmother and the lesson begins. Separate the dough into three equal strands. Pray as you braid them. Gently distribute eggwash across the top of the loaf. Cover it with cloth...

Woman dies in I-795 crash

An early Saturday morning accident left a 21-year-old Wayne County woman dead, a spokesman for the N.C. State Highway Patrol said. Shakia Vonte McCoy was driving northbound on I-795, about a mile north of Fremont, in a blue Ford Explorer...

School count is down overall

The first 10 days of schools have come and gone, with Wayne County Public Schools' officials now tasked with determining where any program or personnel changes need to be made. Friday, the central office announced its preliminary findings -- five...

Public record

Knife leads to suspension Authorities said a 9-year-old boy who brought a knife to school has been suspended. A teacher at Northwestern Elementary was informed by other students that a child was showing a knife around on the playground....

Parents can get child seat checked

Seventy-three percent of car seats are being used incorrectly, which puts children greatly at risk, say officials of Safe Kids Wayne County. Safe Kids and the Partnership for Children of Wayne County will host two car inspection events as part...

16 and ready to vote? (well, almost)

Wayne County's 16- to 18-year-olds have shown no particular political party preference over the past three years that they have been eligible to preregister to vote. Their non-preference closely mirrors figures statewide. Since 2010, the first year that young...

Event draws literary fans, benefits local literacy effort

The setting was perfect for a literary event. The historic home had all the trappings of a setting from an historical novel -- the elegant carvings, grand staircase, the beautiful high ceilings, lovely living room area and the nooks...

Election board seeking precinct officials

The Wayne County Board of Elections is seeking people who are willing to serve as precinct officials during the one-stop early voting period and for the Nov. 6 general election. To become a precinct official, applicants must be a...

Subdivision plats get planning board OK

The Wayne County Planning Board Tuesday night approved final plats for five subdivisions totaling 62 lots -- 49 of which are in two projects. However, final approval rests with Wayne County commissioners. The plats are expected to be on the...

Unusual Saturday meeting called in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE -- The mayor wasn't in attendance. Neither was the town attorney. And two other members of the board were no-shows, too. But the rest of the Pikeville Town Board -- Todd Anderson, Charles Hooks and Lyman Galloway -- went...

Race for the Hills

Miguel Monroig leaps from one hay bale to another on the "Hay Mountain" obstacle during the Hillbilly Hike obstacle course race at Waynesborough Park. Over 100 people took part in the adventure race which raised money for the historic...

NCCU alumni to honor teacher Jones

The Gold/Wayne Chapter of North Carolina Central University Alumni Association will honor Mrs. Eliza Smith Jones during its scholarship banquet. The event has been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. at First African Baptist Church at 803 Harris...

National Readiness Month being observed across state

It's National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross, Eastern N.C. Region, is encouraging all households to create a family disaster plan to make sure they are ready for the next emergency or disaster. Plans should include designating a...

Goldsboro student wins top prize in WSSU radio contest

WINSTON-SALEM -- Breanna Holmes from Goldsboro, a student at Winston-Salem State University, along with fellow WSSU student Iveon Sprangle of Centreville, Va., won first place in the radio category of the 2012 Freedom of Speech PSA competition with a 30-second...

Goldsboro native to lead Raleigh Junior League

RALEIGH -- A Goldsboro native has been named president of the board of directors of The Junior League of Raleigh. Pat Wilkins is the administrative director at MassMutual Financial Group and owner of Wilkins Etcetera Clothing. She will serve a...

Disablity group seeks award nominations

The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities has issued a call for nominations for its Hefner Award, an honor presented to an outstanding state resident who has a record of accomplishment in promoting a great quality of life for people...

Civil War Battle of Antietam lecture Tuesday

Pete Coffman will present a lecture on the Civil War Battle of Antietam on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium. Coffman is a retired senior master sergeant, who served as a maintainer with the 4th Fighter Wing and...