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Friday, November 30, 2012

Prison scammers threatening local families to steal money

A telephone scam used by prison inmates in Puerto Rico and South Florida in the late 1990s has reached North Carolina. The scam operators use stolen or smuggled pre-paid cell phones to dial numbers at random and to tell...

Collecting for needy

Downtown Lions Club member Joe Batkoski reaches out to accept a donation with Marie D'Arco looking on, ringing a bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign in front of Sam's Club in Goldsboro. The Salvation Army will have...

Dancing with Stars contestants ready to hit ballroom floor

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and Wayne Education Network's third annual Dancing Stars of Wayne County competition is set to begin preparations for the April 19 show at the Paramount Theatre. This year, 15 contestants and five local dance...

Cookies wanted for local airmen

Many of them won't be able to spend the holidays with their families -- the youngest men and women stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Their Christmas morning will likely unfold inside the dorms tucked inside the installation gates....

Benefit planned for man hit with disease

LAGRANGE -- A benefit is planned next week to support the family of a man diagnosed last month with a mysterious flesh-eating disease. Brian Lanning, who turned 38 earlier this week, has been unable to work since Oct. 16, the...

Don't forget, Saturday will be parade day across Wayne County

If you love a parade you have plenty to look forward to Saturday as the area will be flush with excitement as four municipalities kick off the month of December with their Christmas parades, each with a special appearance by...

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Utensils, food on wish list

With the holiday season comes a renewed focus on those in need, but it's the year-round mission of the Goldsboro Community Soup Kitchen to feed the hungry and provide support to those who have fallen on hard times. Donations...

Council to look at site queries

A little more than a month after the Goldsboro City Council approved the site plan for a Sheetz on Spence Avenue across from Walmart, council members will hold a public hearing concerning a second location of the popular convenience...

Recycling program starts at local club

"Go Green" is the theme of a new recycling program at the Boys and Girls Club on Royall Avenue being sponsored by the Goldsboro chapter of the Continental Societies Inc. The Wednesday afternoon launch of the program got under...

Communities prepare to kick off holidays

There will be no shortage of holiday cheer in the area Saturday as Mount Olive, Fremont, Princeton and Goldsboro will be teeming with floats, marching bands and spectators during their respective Christmas parades. Mount Olive kicks off the parade...

Blood drive schedule

Following is the December blood drive schedule for the Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross: * Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Berkeley Mall. * Dec. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.. at Eastern...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

College's enrollment hits new high

The message of Wayne Community College -- preparing students for the work force -- is "coming out loud and clear," its president told the college board of trustees on Tuesday night. "We're doing a doggone good job of recruiting and...

Trial for July Fourth deaths delayed

A civil trial set to begin Monday in Wayne County Superior Court in the case of the Fourth of July explosion that killed four people in 2009 has been stayed pending the appeal of a motion filed by the defense....

$500 million for Christmas?

Tyler Yarborough has already said his goodbyes -- to college loans, paying rent, dinners prepared in the microwave. He has parted with the Honda he has been driving for nearly a decade -- to the ripped seat cushions and crackling...

Dianne Jordan honored as Special Olympian of the year

The past four years have brought Dianne Jordan new friends, new experiences and a newfound confidence, as well as medals and awards to show for her efforts. Little did she know in 2008, at age 57, that becoming part...

Historian shares facts about battle

While troops from other states were defending Goldsboro in December 1862, soldiers from Wayne County were in Virginia, helping hold back the main Union army from advancing on the Confederate capital of Richmond. And on the hills of Fredericksburg,...

Officials reject variance request

The Goldsboro Planning Commission, meeting in its capacity as the Board of Adjustments, denied a variance request from Larry Hill for property at the corner of Park Avenue and Kornegay Street Monday, as Hill is seeking to convert the...

Special Olympians participate and win at state fall games

Wayne County Special Olympics athletes recently participated in several state events. The N.C. Fall Games for golf were held in High Point. Athletes participated in individual skills, 9 and 18-hole team alternate shot and 9-hole individual stoke competitions. The...

Christmas music

The Spring Creek Band strums a bluegrass Christmas song for the residents of the Sterling House in Goldsboro. The band played traditional bluegrass songs, religious songs, and Christmas tunes for the residents for almost a hour. "That song is...

No injuries in Tuesday robbery

No one was hurt Tuesday during a mid-morning robbery at a Goldsboro gas station and convenience store. According to Goldsboro police, the robber walked into the Wilco Hess convenience store at 420 E. New Hope Road just after 10 a.m.,...

III Century Singers

The dates and times for this year's III Century Singers holiday concerts were listed incorrectly in the story in Sunday's Life & Family section. They were correct, though, in the Coming Events calendar. The correct dates are: * Saturday at...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bequest to Wayne Community College will help disabled

Jean Pearman grew up at a time when there were few provisions for the handicapped. Born with cerebral palsy, she was confined to a wheelchair for the bulk of her life. But that didn't stop her from attending Wayne...

County approves rezoning requests

A special session that lasted less than five minutes was all that Wayne County commissioners needed Monday morning to approve two rezoning requests for the second time in less than a week. The second votes were required because there was...

Christmas caroling

Meadow Lane Elementary students, from left, Leila Leak, Grace Meyers and Caroline Gurley, dressed in their pajamas, perform along with their classmates during the first night of the All School Christmas Chorus at Goldsboro High School on Monday night....

Picture sessions will help raise funds for new roof

Faced with a hefty price tag, the Wayne County Historical Association knows it takes a village to raise a roof. The 1856 Presbyterian Church on the northeast corner of the intersection of Ash and James streets is one of...

Tree offers chance to help SJAFB children

To passers-by, they look simple enough -- the small, angel-shaped ornaments hanging from the branches of the Christmas tree located inside the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Exchange. But a closer look reveals the true meaning behind their presence there...

SUV hits school bus; one student injured

An accident on Old Mount Olive Highway, the second in two days involving students from Brogden Primary, sent at least one student to Wayne Memorial Hospital with what authorities said looked to be an ankle injury. Wayne County Public Schools...

Goldsboro firefighter hurt in Sunday blaze

A house fire at 317 E. Walnut St. left one firefighter injured Sunday and damaged the structure beyond repair. The Goldsboro Fire Department was dispatched at 5:58 a.m. to the home, which is divided into three separate apartments. Assistant Fire...

Monday, November 26, 2012

Helping make men

Wayne Community College is putting its own brand on a mentoring program with a mission to retain and graduate black male students. "Once they're here, we have a responsibility to help them move on, whether that be going on to...

Keen says he will eye schools

Wayne County Commissioner Steve Keen, who for months has lobbied for a review and update of the Board of Education's school facilities plan, last week said some action on the issue should be expected soon after the first of the...

SJAFB sets date for tree lighting

The children who live on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base are used to seeing flying objects -- and the men and women who guide them wearing green flight suits. But Monday, the F-15E Strike Eagles they are accustomed to...

Children injured in crash

DUDLEY -- A wreck on Old Mount Olive Highway today sent four middle school students to Wayne Memorial Hospital. The N.C. State Highway Patrol said the children's injuries were minor. Maria Loa Nunez, 25, 200 Waldrop Road, who was transporting...

Public record

Rash of holiday break-ins Goldsboro Police received almost 30 reports of items being stolen from Wednesday through Saturday afternoon. There were 28 reports of instances of larceny, breaking and entering and shoplifting during the latter part of the week, attributed...

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Time to shop local

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, shoppers continued to filter through stores Saturday searching for deals and finishing off shopping lists on what's being called Small Business Saturday. With the big box store discounts long gone, the...

Final Air Force Museum presentations made

This week saw the culmination of months of work by Goldsboro's Air Force Museum Citizen Committee and the consultant team hired to prepare a feasibility report for the proposed facitily, to be housed at the corner of East Ash...

Parents, teachers know how much good school has done and can continue to do

PIKEVILLE -- Wendi Amory fights back tears as she talks about the progress her 10-year-old son has made since enrolling at The Asperger Connection when it opened in August 2011. Joshua was diagnosed with the disorder at age 3,...

Year-old Asperger school closes

PIKEVILLE -- A school that started more than a year ago for students with Asperger's Syndrome was dissolved Tuesday amid allegations of financial improprieties and administrative mismanagement by its owner, founder and operator, Nancy Black. However, thanks to the...

WCPS Choral Showcase this week

Wayne County Public Schools will present three evenings of holiday music this week, during the annual districtwide Choral Showcase. This is the 12th year for the annual event, first begun in 2001 with 12 schools and currently boasting a...

Trees donated to Wayne Community College to help children

Five new trees at the Wayne Community College Child Care Center are expected to grow more than limbs and leaves -- their mission is to grow healthy children, too. The two sycamore and three yellow poplar trees are a...

Civil War lecture series to discuss Battle of Fredericksburg

The Battle of Fredericksburg will be the topic of the seventh talk in the Foundation of Wayne Community College's series of lectures on American Civil War battles. Lynn Bull, a retired social studies teacher, will speak at 7 p.m....

Parkstown Parade on Dec. 13

The Parkstown Christmas parade will be held Thursday, Dec. 13 at 3:45 p.m. Lineup will begins a3 p.m. on Jesse Jackson Street. Parade chairman Four area high school bands will be performing. Applications are now being accepted for entries...

Filling stomachs, clothing backs

If there is a poor man among you, one of your brothers, in any of the towns of the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand to...

County Commission to meet in special session Monday

Wayne County commissioners Monday morning will meet in special session for second readings on two rezoning requests. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the commissioners meeting room on the fourth floor of the county courthouse annex. National...

Council deals with sidewalk questions

The Goldsboro City Council approved sidewalk requirement modifications Nov. 19 for three site plan requests previously granted due to proposed changes to the city's sidewalk construction ordinances expected to be considered in January. The developers, originally asked to pay...

Boys & Girls Club Pancake Day is Saturday

The 34th annual Pancake Day fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club will be held Saturday, at the same price it's always been -- $5 a plate. "It's the best bargain in town," said Jo Heidenreich, development director for...

Public library wants people to take survey

Wayne County Public Library officials are asking for the public's help in developing a plan to ensure the library is providing the services that the public wants as well as looking at ways to attract more patrons. "As part...

Students honored as GREAT grads

There was standing room only inside the gymnasium at Meadow Lane Elementary School on Tuesday as parents, teachers, school and city officials came together to celebrate the fourth-grade graduation of the Gang Resistance, Education and Training program. Cpls. Robbie...

Bentonville Battlefield to celebrate Christmas

FOUR OAKS-- People tired of the modern-day trappings of Christmas are being urged to leave the hustle and bustle of modern holidays behind and travel back to a simpler place and time at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site's "Civil...

Friday, November 23, 2012

Fremont creates business district

FREMONT -- The Fremont Town Board created a new community business district at its Tuesday meeting. The district will encompass several types of businesses, from barber shops to food trucks. The new zoning code came about after Danny Wooten...

Man arrested for alleged rape at hotel

Members of the Goldsboro Police Department's Warrants Division and Housing Authority arrested Sean Edward Best, 23, of 557 Dollard Town Road, on Tuesday on charges of second-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape and first-degree forcible sexual offense. The rape charges stem...

Deals come early

Amanda Conner from Kinston and her cousin, Carmon Caudell from Wilmington positioned themselves in a checkout line at JCPenney shortly after 6 a.m. But it was not their first stop of the day for Black Friday. They had started...

Free flu vaccine available

Effective immediately, flu vaccine is available free at the Wayne County Health Department to anyone over 6 months of age, including adults, regardless of whether the individual has insurance. Adults (people 19 years and older) may only receive the injectable...

Fremont Fire Department officers appointed

FREMONT -- The Fremont Town board approved the Fremont Fire Department's list of requested officers at its November meeting. Jeff Brooks was approved as chief, while Steven Marlowe and Steve Evans were approved as 1st and 2nd assistant chiefs,...

Optimist trees provide more than just Christmas decoration

The Goldsboro Optimist Club is selling Christmas trees, as it does each holiday season, in an effort to raise money for the many youth projects it funds. Bill Edgerton, Optimist Club immediate past president and longtime volunteer, says the...

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wee Wings tots pack gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child

Haley Peacock knows all about teachable moments. The preschool teacher, in her second year with Wee Wings, is a cheerleader for the program that serves 3- and 4-year-olds. "It's important for children to get into an early education program,"...

County takes up zoning request

A second rezoning vote by Wayne County commissioners will be required before a Selma, Ala.-based company can proceed with plans to open a mulch-production operation in a shuttered shingle factory. Clayton Walters, general manager of National Salvage and Service Corp.,...

140 years of Mitchells

Walking around their century- old homestead takes members of the Mitchell family back as far as their memories will allow. And they find, since so much has happened in this place since the family patriarch, Jim, settled there in the...

Greenwood students volunteer time

A group of middle school students is being groomed as a service organization. Greenwood Ambassadors was actually created four years ago, said Tammy Munoz, counselor at Greenwood Middle School for the past two years. "It started out just being...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Board changes meeting

There might be a difference of legal opinion as to whether or not Wayne County commissioners can reschedule their swearing-in date, but Tuesday morning they voted 5-0 to approve it anyway. State law requires that newly elected county officials take...

Thursday's paper will be delivered in the morning

The Goldsboro News-Argus' Thanksgiving newspaper will be a morning edition. If you do not receive your paper by 6 a.m. Thursday, call our Circulation Department at 919-739-7809. The offices will be open from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. The...

Downtown Lights Up

When Mayor Al King threw the switch in downtown Goldsboro Tuesday night, the city lit up with holiday lights that stretched from the southern end of Center Street to the city's iconic water tower. But for many in the...

Two from Wayne County Public Schools honored by state group

The Wayne County Public Schools superintendent and an administrative assistant in the district were recognized by the N.C. Association of Educational Office Professionals District 12 during its annual meeting recently in Jacksonville. Dr. Steven Taylor, superintendent, was awarded the...

County offices to close Thursday

Local, state and national offices as well as the Post Office and banks will close for the Thanksgiving holiday. Wayne County Public Schools and Wayne Community College are closed Thursday and Friday as are Wayne County offices. The county...

Greenleaf's boxes bring holiday meals to families

The mother had been sick. Although she was on her way to recovering, it was close to Thanksgiving and she had no idea how she was going to have a special meal on the table for her children. It was...

Playing in the holidays

Members of the North Carolina Symphony perform during their Holiday Pops Concert at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Goldsboro late Tuesday. A sell-out crowd enjoyed classic holiday music such as "The Nutcracker Suite" and "Jingle Bells."...

Paramount to host game show Saturday

A game show is coming to the Paramount Theatre this Saturday at 7 p.m. and contestants are needed. The show, Play 2 WIN, will be hosted by comedian Rick Preston, who has appeared on Comedy Central. Tickets are $20...

Cornerstone Award nominations now being taken

Nominations are now being accepted for the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone Award. The award, which was created in 1996, recognizes annually an individual, living or deceased, who has been a cornerstone for Wayne County. In a written...

There will be places to shop even on Thanksgiving Day

Now that many stores have embraced the Black Friday phenomenon, the true shopping strategy lies in scheduling -- where do I go first? However, if you just need a stick of butter or if are you just looking for...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Wayne County Commissioners race will stand

Wayne County at-large Commissioner Dr. Sandra McCullen said Monday afternoon she would not ask for a recount in her close Election Day loss. Mrs. McCullen, a Democrat, of Dudley, lost her re-election bid to Republican Wayne Aycock of Pikeville, 25,367...

Mount Olive traffic patterns to shift

MOUNT OLIVE -- Traffic patterns in and out of the town of Mount Olive, and even around it, could drastically change by 2040 should proposals in Mount Olive's comprehensive long-range transportation plan come to fruition. However, some of those proposals...

Three local farmers honored at annual farm/city banquet

For only the second time in its 28-year history, two living members Monday night were inducted into the Wayne County Agricultural Hall of Fame. The hall was created in 1984 as a means of honoring local residents who have...

Goldsboro City Council hears plans for Air Force museum

The Goldsboro City Council was briefed for the first time Monday night by members of the consultant team hired to plan the city's proposed Air Force Museum and will have about three months before its members will evaluate the...

Mount Olive College to hold choral concert tonight

The combined Concert and Chamber Choirs of Mount Olive College are presenting the annual Fall Choir Concert "The Very Best Time of Year" at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Mount Olive Assembly Hall. Admission is free. The concert will...

Public record

Shooting on Holly Street Officials at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville could not comment this morning on the condition of Demetrice Joel Holloman, 33, 602 N. Claiborne St., after he was shot several times in front of a home at...

Monday, November 19, 2012

Making a toy run

Santa Claus waves to the crowd as the Wayne County Motorcycle Riders take off from Berkeley Mall Sunday afternoon on their 24th annual toy ride to benefit needy children. The entry fee was one toy per bike. Toys were...

Turkeys for Seymour Johnson Air Force Base families

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base airmen lift boxes of Butterball turkeys off a tractor trailer truck at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Butterball Turkey donated 252 birds to the First Sergeant Association at the base for distribution to families...

Empty Stocking Fund

For a century, Goldsboro and Wayne County residents have been helping needy children have a happy Christmas by donating to the Empty Stocking Fund, which provides gifts and a party to hundreds of youngsters. Begun in 1912, the fund is...

County to eye rezoning requests

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners will hold three public hearings at its meeting Tuesday, and is expected to schedule another for next month. All of the hearings involve planning matters. Beginning at 9:15 a.m., the board will hold...

Remember these tips for a safe holiday driving season

If sky-high airline prices have your holiday plans grounded, consider driving. Gas prices have remained near constant for more than a week across much of the country, so budgeting time and money should be less difficult than in previous...

Council will hear plans for museum

Vendors at Berkeley Mall said they have seen lackluster interest in Goldsboro's Air Power Museum concept boards, but those who stop to study the plans are generally pleased with the project, which seeks to repurpose an old bank building...

Sunday, November 18, 2012

McCullen might challenge vote

Wayne County Commissioner Sandra McCullen of Dudley will announce Monday if she will ask for a recount in her close loss in last week's election to Wayne Aycock of Pikeville. Mrs. McCullen, a Democrat, who has until 5 p.m. Monday...

In Travis' memory

Photos cover the coffee table in Kristy Thompson's living room. In every image, and in the stories that she tells to describe her brother, Travis Lancaster was full of life. He worked three jobs, sometimes 16 hours a day, but...

Community to sign cards for troops

The messages were simple -- "Thank you for your service;" "We love you;" "God bless." But members of the organization that created the Holiday Mail for Heroes program hope that when the men and women those common phrases will...

Jaycees set Christmas parade date

The Goldsboro Jaycees will present the annual Goldsboro Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. in downtown Goldsboro. This year's theme is "Let Freedom Ring with the Bells of Christmas." Applications are now being accepted for entries....

Help make 600 wishes come true

The Goldsboro News-Argus is asking for the community's assistance in helping mark a century of providing Christmas for thousands of needy children in Goldsboro and Wayne County. Donations for this year's Empty Stocking Fund are now being accepted. All of...

Council will hear Air Force museum proposal

Ten months after putting together a steering committee for the project, the Goldsboro City Council will hear from the consultants hired to plan the city's proposed Air Force Museum during two presentations Monday. The first, predicted to last about...

Seven Springs hosts first-of-the-year parade

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Mattie Staps was all decked out in her bright red-and-green Christmas outfit Saturday afternoon waiting for the Seven Springs Christmas Parade -- the first of the Yule season -- to step off. But instead of waiting on...

Princeton parade and lighting ceremony

PRINCETON -- The Princeton Christmas lighting ceremony will be held Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Princeton Baptist Church. Groups or individuals who would like to to perform at the lighting ceremony are asked to call April Williamson...

Museum expands its hours

The Wayne County Museum will begin offering more opportunities for visitors now that the museum has expanded its Saturday hours. The museum is now open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., according to Assistant Director Christopher...

GOP planning swearing in

The five Republicans who won seats on the Wayne County Board of Commissioners are not talking about an unpublicized private meeting they held to discuss organization and other issues less than three days after they were elected on Nov....

Meals on Wheels packages will help clients get through holiday

When Realtor Danny Southerland at Prudential The McMillen Real Estate Group heard that Meals on Wheels would have a three-day gap to fill to help feed senior citizens at Christmas, he knew he had to do something. The reason?...

Student becomes bone marrow donor

When Ellen Elmore first signed up to become a bone marrow donor, she knew it was a longshot that she would ever get a response. "From the people I talked to, it would be pretty rare for you to get...

West Greene Elementary School needs help to secure grant

SNOW HILL -- West Greene Elementary School is asking for the public's support in obtaining a grant to pay for improvements to its playground. The grant money is available through the Clorox Corp. which is offering grants ranging from $25,000...

Eateries earn top health scores

Seventy restaurants and foodstands in the county are being recognized by the Health Department for achieving high sanitation standards. The Golden A award program, started in Wayne County in 1999, is based on scores given during the year's health inspections....

United Way asks community to give back on Tuesday, Nov. 27

As the clock strikes midnight Friday, millions of Americans -- Wayne County residents included -- will head out to capture some of the after Thanksgiving sales that officially usher in the Christmas shopping season. But after the flurry of...

City's Community Crisis Center will prepare baskets for needy

Although hungry Wayne County residents won't be sitting down to a Thanksgiving feast this year at the Community Crisis Center, they will still get a holiday meal they can prepare at home. In past years, the Crisis Center has been...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Trip to NASA flight center reinforces student's dream

A Wayne Community College student's dream of working at NASA was intensified recently during a three-day experience at the agency's flight center in Huntsville, Ala. Isabelle Flock, 19, a second-year student in the automotive/GM ASEP program at WCC, was...

Agency: Funds tougher to find

If the Partnership for Children of Wayne County had to come up with a theme for the fiscal year 2012, it would have to be "doing more with less," its executive director said at the agency's annual meeting Thursday. The...

Gift boxes bound for overseas

Marsha Hobson places a rubber band around an Operation Christmas Child box while others at Adamsville Baptist Church do the same on Thursday. The program sends gift boxes to needy children around the world. Each box contains small toys,...

'Warm the World' giveaway Saturday

Members of First Baptist Church know what lost hope looks like. They've seen it in the eyes of the many people who have come the past two years to receive warm clothing, blankets and sleeping bags through the Warm...

Motorcycle toy run Sunday

The Wayne County Motorcycle Riders will hold their 24th annual toy run Sunday. Riders will line up at noon at Berkeley Mall and leave at 2 p.m. All clubs and patches are welcome. The fee is one new toy per...

Thursday, November 15, 2012

They are home

Paige Kiser waits. She knows it won't be long before her husband, Aaron, taxis by -- that his F-15E has already touched down on the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base flight line. So when she hears the sound of fighter...

Health officials say fewer people are getting flu shots

The Health Department has a good supply of flu vaccines still available. The shortage is people coming to the clinic to get one. At Wednesday's Board of Health meeting, the health director said several things might have contributed to the...

City prepares to 'light up' downtown for holidays

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp.'s lighting ceremony at Historic City Hall will mark more than the beginning of the holiday season Tuesday as the city will celebrate the ribbon cutting of the first phase of the Center Street Streetscape...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hospital honors 10 top nurses

Susan Peacock, a registered nurse for 17 years, is known as a "true patient advocate" who takes time to sit and talk with them, even holding a hand when needed. Registered nurse Ben Kitchin, who works in labor and...

Wayne Memorial Hospital will focus on diabetes at health fair

Four area physicians and 24 vendors will participate in a health fair at Wayne Memorial Hospital on Nov. 20 to provide free screenings and information on ways to help manage and prevent diabetes. The health fair will be held...

Planning Board approves plan for new subdivision

The Wayne County Planning Board on Tuesday night approved a preliminary plat for a proposed 201-lot subdivision for the northwestern part of the county. The subdivision would be the largest such project since the 150-lot Goose Creek subdivision was begun...

Back home for holidays

The computer screen didn't do her blue eyes justice. Hearing about the moment she came into the world wasn't the same as being there as it unfolded. But Andrew Hogan couldn't be at the hospital when his wife gave birth...

DGDC wins two Main Street awards

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. has been recognized by the N.C. Main Street Center for two of its projects which stuck out this year as models for the state in member and volunteer development and forming public-private partnerships. The...

Mount Olive College Founders Day 2012 Awards

Two students from Mount Olive College were awarded the Mount Olive College Founders Day Leadership Award on Tuesday. Magdiel L. Fuentes, left, and Jennifer B. Floyd were presented the awards by the college president, Dr. Philip Kerstetter....

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Officials prepare for closer look at vote

Wayne County Board of Elections officials this morning said they do not expect any surprises this Friday when they canvass last week's historic election that gave Republicans control of the county commission for the first time since Reconstruction. However,...

It's almost that time

Tony Martin uses a trimmer to shape up some of the Christmas trees on the Beautancus Tree Farm. The farm, one of the largest in the area, is set to open in a few days. Many Wayne County area residents...

Driver crashes into N.C. trooper

A Goldsboro man, fleeing from Duplin County sheriff's deputies Monday, crossed into Sampson County and wound up hitting a state Highway Patrol cruiser before crashing into a light pole. State troopers arrested Tari Antwan Raspberry of 806 N. Taylor St.,...

Boys & Girls Club receives surprise award

FREMONT -- The Northern Wayne Boys & Girls Club recently received an unexpected award from the national Boys & Girls Club organization in recognition of its community service efforts. "We do cards to the rest homes on all the...

Reading rules getting stricter

Third grade has always been a pivotal year for students, but now even more so as new legislation imposes more stringent guidelines for reading. Legislation for the Excellent Public Schools Act does not go into effect until the 2013-14 school...

Monday, November 12, 2012

Campground chefs

Members of Boy Scout Troop 10, from left, Brandon Kear, Jonathan Rogers and Garret Boykin, watch as fellow Scout Clay Grady samples some of their chili Saturday afternoon before taking it up to be judged by Scout leaders. The...

SJAFB airmen coming home

There is still little information about where they have been serving for the past several months -- what they have accomplished from the cockpits of 4th Fighter Wing F-15Es. But those details likely won't matter to the family members and...

Wayne Memorial Hospital earns biomedical award

Working at a hospital can be stressful. Making rounds every morning. Being on call weekends, holidays and after hours. "Stat. We're always stat," says Mark Renfroe, manager of the clinical engineering department at Wayne Memorial Hospital. "I tell my people,...

Residents warned of painting scam

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office wants to make the public aware of a possible scam that is being attempted in the county. On Nov. 7 a citizen reported hat he had a person approach him and talked to him...

Fremont school auditorium renovated

FREMONT-- At a school where arts takes center stage, some things can be left up to the imagination. But it's important to have a place for the audience to sit and watch the performance. When Sheila Wolfe became principal at...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans thanked at parade, wreath-laying

His left hand waving an undersized American flag, Jesse Fitzsimmons looked up when a group of 4th Fighter Wing airmen passed by the spot he and his mother, Nicole, shared along Center Street for the better part of an...

Streetscape done, Center Street finally open

Center Street opened to traffic Friday as work on Goldsboro's signature downtown revitalization project ended after six months of renovations to the city's main downtown street. The project, which widened sidewalks, created a median pathway and installed shade trees,...

Pet food drive aimed at holiday hunger

Children and the elderly are always at the top of the list when it comes to Christmas giving. But pets frequently are forgotten. That's why the Wayne County Humane Society, along with Prudential The McMillen Real Estate Group, is holding...

City, county hosts enjoying WGTV show

It's 6:30 a.m. and nothing is stirring throughout downtown Goldsboro as the small studio on the fourth floor of the Wayne County Courthouse picks up the live broadcast of the Wayne-Goldsboro Television channel. Inside the studio, however, there is...

Veterans Day event to be held in Kinston

A Veterans Day covered dish supper will be held in Kinston at the former Expressions/Brody's building at the Vernon Park Mall on Monday at 7 p.m. The event is open to all active military, veterans and the community Wayne, Greene...

Hometown heroes: For Moulas, service 'is a sense of pride'

Denise Moulas was used to seeing fighter jets come in for landing. She had lived just outside the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base gates for more than 20 years. But there is something special, she said, about watching military...

Turkey shoots at American Legion

The American Legion Riders are sponsoring turkey shoots on Fridays through mid-December. Proceeds from the shoots will go to the organization's two major charities, the Wounded Warrior Project of N.C. and The Legacy Scholarship for children of fallen soldiers....

OK, time to turn in those Christmas Child boxes

With the holiday season fast approaching, Wayne County residents are being reminded of the annual campaign to collect shoeboxes full of gifts for poor children around the world is gearing up. Operation Christmas Child, sponsored by the Samaritans Purse...

Officials warn of Red Cross scam

The American Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina has put out an alert to the community that there are individuals posing as American Red Cross staff members offering to pay workers to travel to the Northeast to help with...

Gail Mason named Math Teacher of Year in Wayne

Gail Mason, an eighth-grade math and algebra teacher at Mount Olive Middle School, has been named 2012-13 Wayne County Public Schools' outstanding school mathematics teacher of the year. She has spent the last nine years at Mount Olive Middle and...

City still looking for more restaurants

Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Allen characterized the Goldsboro City Council's approval of a site plan for Sheetz Monday as the city's next step in attracting high-profile businesses, but he still made it known that there are more restaurants in...

Friday, November 9, 2012

Events for the weekend

Members of the Wayne County Veterans and Patriots Coalition confirmed this morning that 75 groups have entered Saturday's Veterans Day parade. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. along Center Street and following the procession, the Daughters of the American...

Eyewitness to history

He didn't say much about their discovery -- the man whose young sons were taking turns trying on their find in the attic of the family home. It's been more than 50 years, but Mike Moore can still see...

Church gets OK from city to build

St. Mark Church of Christ received approval for its site and landscape plan Monday night as the Goldsboro City Council brought to an end the delay of more than a month. The decision comes in advance of what's likely...

Duplin inducts honorees into county Hall of Fame

Former state Sen. Charlie Albertson and the late Dr. James Seaborn Blair Jr. were inducted into the Duplin County Hall of Fame during a ceremony Thursday night at the Country Squire restaurant near Kenansville. The two join a distinguished...

Citizens will have a say in park plan

Along with negotiating approval for a new W.A. Foster Recreation Center in Mina Weil Park, Parks and Recreation Director Scott Barnard also managed to receive the go-ahead from the Goldsboro City Council for two grants and a preliminary draft...

Warsaw Veterans Day Parade will be Saturday

The Warsaw Veterans Day Parade will be held on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. It is the oldest continuous Veterans Day parade in the nation, now in its 92nd year, and attracts viewers from across eastern North Carolina, as well...

Shriners' Fall Ceremonial to be Nov. 16-18

Sudan Shriners Potentate Steve Norris has announced that the fraternity's annual Fall Ceremonial will be held in Dunn on Nov. 16- 18 A Shrine Ceremonial is an event where members and their families gather to welcome new members, transact...

Government offices closed Monday

Federal, state and some local government offices will be closed Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day. Wayne County offices, the landfill and convenience centers will be closed Monday for the Veterans Day holiday. Wayne County Public Schools will...

Free admission for all Sunday at Fort Fisher

To honor those who have served in America's military, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is offering free admission to all visitors Sunday. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Carol Artis named Wayne County principal of year

Carol Artis, principal at North Drive Elementary School, has been named this year's Principal of the Year for the Wayne County Public Schools. An educator since 1986, her teaching career began in Wilmington, at Edwin A. Alderman Elementary School. The...

Paving projects dates set

Work should begin before the end of the month on highway resurfacing projects on N.C. 55 and U.S. 70. The state Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.3 million contract to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson for resurfacing of...

Parks and Rec board gets look at new plan

Members of the Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission got their first look last week at the components that will make up the city's parks master plan as consultants with the state's Recreation Resources Service revealed a preliminary draft...

Teen's body positively identified

Forensic analysis has positively identified the remains of 16-year-old Kennedy Fitzgerald McLaurin Jr., abducted Sept. 9 from Bain Street and allegedly killed shortly thereafter. McLaurin's body was recovered from a shallow grave in a wooden area off Carmack Road in...

Generations of learning

The roots at Charles B. Aycock High School run deep -- much like that of a family tree. The school, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary, is the county's largest high school and continues to grow. And yet, it still...

Man, 24, to spend time in prison

Clyde Russell Sneed, 24, of Mount Olive, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Wayne County Superior Court to felony death by motor vehicle and was sentenced to from two to three years in prison. The sentencing came almost a year after the...

Get your own look at plans for proposed AF museum

Want a look at the city's proposed Air Force Museum plans? The city will have concept boards on display beginning Monday at City Hall and Berkeley Mall showing renderings, site plans, exhibit descriptions and a breakdown of the projects costs....

Museum plan OK'd

In its final session before meeting with consultants, the Air Force Museum Citizen Committee approved Verner Johnson's executive summary of its plans for the Air Power Museum at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. There was little discussion at Wednesday's...

Sampson County home invasion leaves one dead, two hurt

A Sampson County home invasion Tuesday has left one dead and two wounded. On Tuesday, at 9:43 p.m., the Sampson County E-911 Center received a report of a possible home invasion and shooting at 3377 Faison Highway, Clinton. Deputies...

Mount Olive College to celebrate Founders Day on Tuesday

Mount Olive College will celebrate 61 years of Christian higher education at its annual Founders Day event on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Southern Bank Auditorium. The Founders Leadership Award be presented during the Founders Day service. Employees celebrating...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Ericka James defeats Carraway

Ericka James, an assistant district attorney in the 8th Judicial District, defeated incumbent District Court Judge Lonnie Carraway on Tuesday to become the district's first black female judge. Mrs. James, 42, credited a support network that included both Democrats...

Republicans now control Wayne County Commission

For the first time since Reconstruction the Wayne County Board of Commissioners will have a majority of Republicans. Victories by Joe Daughtery, Wayne Aycock, Bill Pate, Ray Mayo and Steve Keen will give the new board of commissioners a 5-2...

Road plans move ahead

The timetable for starting an estimated $2.3 million project to widen North Berkeley Boulevard from the area of the Berkeley Commons shopping center to New Hope Road is dependent on when the city can obtain the right of way. Meanwhile,...

Meals to be offered to needy

A hot meal, winter clothing and fellowship will be among the offerings of a local congregation Saturday morning, as members of the Pentecostal Holy Church on Pine Street are set to host a Thanksgiving event for Goldsboro's homeless population. And...

Child's West Nile diagnosis might now be in question

A reported case of West Nile Virus in a Wayne County youth has not been confirmed, Health Director Davin Madden said Tuesday. Relatives of Justin Frizzelle, 10, a Rosewood Middle School student, contacted the News-Argus late last week, saying that...

Bell, Evans are only Democrats on board

As Republicans took control of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners for the first time in recent memory, two incumbent Democrats easily held their seats Tuesday night in the county's minority districts. Chairman John Bell of District 3, running...

Jimmy Dixon keeps seat in N.C. Legislature

Winning handily over his two challengers, state Rep. Jimmy Dixon, R-Duplin, is preparing today for his second term in Raleigh. Dixon, who beat Democrat Rebecca Judge of Duplin County and Libertarian Kevin Hayes of Mount Olive in the District...

John Bell gets seat in N.C. House District 10

Political newcomer Republican John Bell will head to Raleigh in January after defeating Democrat James Hardison for the state House District 10 seat by nearly a two to one margin. Bell, of Rosewood, defeated Hardison, of Kinston, in a...

Residents happy, discouraged by president's re-election win

Some were excited about the prospect of four more years with President Barack Obama in the White House. Others were disappointed. In many ways, the attitude in Wayne County reflected just how tight this year's election really was. Jim Murphy,...

It's about more than winning for Goldsboro football players

A dozen Goldsboro High football players bow their heads in prayer. In just about 24 hours they will kick off their playoff push toward the N.C. High School Athletic Association state championship. But, for now, it's time for reflection....

Best, Gray, McCullen out

With the exception of the county's two minority district commissioners, one of whom was unopposed, Wayne County voters Tuesday made history as they swept the Democratic Party out of power for the first time in more than a century. Close...

Radford, Cannon, Smith earn spots on board

Two incumbents and a newcomer will fill the three openings on the Wayne County Board of Education. Eddie Radford, current chairman of the board, won his bid for a second term, this time against a fellow board member. The...

Obama wins; Republicans take state and local government

Here are your winners of Tuesday's contested races of particular local interest. For more details, including how Wayne County swung, and complete coverage, see Wednesday's News-Argus and visit www.NewsArgus.com. Follow any further developments on our Facebook page and on...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Plan for center at park gets OK

What began as a contentious discussion by the Goldsboro City Council about the future location of the W.A. Foster Recreation Center ended Monday night with a unanimous vote to build a new center at Mina Weil Park. The decision...

Pikeville considering new rules on Internet cafes

PIKEVILLE -- Residents of the town of Pikeville will have a chance to have their say about how the town regulates Internet gaming parlors when the town board meets in Dec. 3. Board members agreed Monday night to hold...

Making sure he got his say

It was just one vote -- a single voice in the millions that will be heard across the nation on Election Day. But for Jake May, it was about "not taking things for granted" -- about thanking those who...

Americans -- and Wayne County -- get up early today to cast their votes

Voters sat on the covered walkway at the old train depot in Mount Olive in the pre-dawn chill this morning waiting for the polls to open. Over at the old Carver High School polling site, a handful of voters...

Driver killed in I-795 crash ID'd

A man killed in a traffic accident on I-795 North on Monday morning has been identified as 19-year-old Hunter Michael McManus of Wilson. State Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Creech said that McManus, traveling south, crossed over the median and struck...

Schools construction is on track

Construction projects at two middle schools are "on track" to be completed by the spring, with occupancy expected within the next few weeks, the Wayne County Board of Education learned Monday night, later approving funding for six contracts in the...

Unemployment rates drop in September

Unemployment rates across the state were down in September compared to 2011 according to data released by the N.C. Department of Commerce Friday. Wayne County's September rate, 8.6 percent, was down one full percentage point from last year's, as...

House fire ruled accidental

A house fire early Monday morning at 1807 Dogwood St. that left one man injured has been ruled accidental. Donald Ray Simmons, 57, is listed in critical condition at the Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill. Sgt. Dwayne Dean of...

Monday, November 5, 2012

The doctors are in: WMH has a new crew of physicians ready to handle patient needs

A year and a half ago, a physician's decision to retire or close up shop would send residents scrambling for a new primary care physician. This was not unheeded by officials at Wayne Memorial Hospital, who say they have been...

Early voting count higher

Slightly more than half of Wayne County's eligible voters cast their ballots during the one-stop voting period that ended on Saturday. That follows a state and national trend, with millions of people making up their minds ahead of Election...

Deadline nears for veterans parade

As the deadline for entering Saturday's Veterans Day parade nears, the organization putting the event on is urging members of the community to sign up to participate. Representatives from the Wayne County Veterans and Patriots Coalition said that, to date,...

Responsible spending tops Mayo's list

The News-Argus posed three questions to candidates for the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. Following are the responses of Republican District 1 Commissioner Ray Mayo who is unopposed in the Nov. 6 general election. 1. The budget is perhaps the...

Inmate petitions for early release

A Mount Olive man convicted in 1993 of killing his wife is asking Gov. Beverly Perdue for clemency before she leaves office. Elwood Goodson Jr., has submitted the necessary paperwork to the governor's Office of Executive Clemency. According to...

One dead in crash on I-795

An accident on I-795 North near its intersection with N.C. 222 in northwest Wayne County left one man dead and another seriously injured early today. According to investigators with the state Highway Patrol, the driver of a southbound vehicle...

Father to spend 84 years in prison

A man charged with raping his daughter was convicted by a Wayne County Superior Court jury Friday. Gustavo Gaspar, 36, 906 Pecan Road, was immediately sentenced to more than 84 years in prison. His lawyer said he would appeal. "The...

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Project sets goal to send holiday care packages to Marines in Afghanistan

Their offerings were simple -- boxed noodles, baby wipes, hand sanitizer and beef jerky. But when a young Marine and members of his platoon received them a few days ago somewhere near Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, those goods meant...

Christmas hits the forest

Liz Meador, left, tries on a bracelet made by Rich Daniels, right, during the 34th annual Christmas in the Forest bazaar held at St. Francis Episcopal Church Saturday. The smell of homemade soup filled the church as shoppers browsed...

Suspect sought in county shooting

MOUNT OLIVE -- Police have secured a warrant for a man wanted in connection with a Thursday drive-by shooting in which a victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The suspect, Phillip Xavier Armwood, 24, who has addresses in Mount Olive...

County child has West Nile

A 10-year-old Rosewood Middle School student has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus after developing a severe illness and then, later, going into a coma at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Justin Frizzelle started to show symptoms this past Monday...

Museum boards OK'd for display

Members of the Air Force Museum Citizen Committee gave their nod of approval to concept boards to be displayed across the city to give the public a visual representation of what the city's hired consultants have planned for Goldsboro....

Testing dates set at WCC for readiness certification

The WorkKeys tests for Career Readiness Certification (CRC) will be offered at Wayne Community College five times during November. The Wayne Occupational Readiness Keys for Success (WORKS) program will provide testing sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov....

College will host talk on foreign affairs

Wayne Community College will host a talk on the situation in the Middle East, possible outcomes and ways the United States might respond. "Politics of Iran, Syria and Lebanon in the Middle East and U.S. Options" will be presented...

Justice: Record speaks for itself

State Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby says his race for re-election to the state's highest court is about one thing -- whether or not he has done a good job over the past eight years. Newby, who was elected...

Stewfest

Hilda Smith and Charles Bell sample some of the stew Saturday at the Albertson Stew Festival. Hundreds of people came out to get a chance to sample many different styles of stews and soups as well as the homemade...

Mount Olive Christmas Parade will take to streets Dec. 1

MOUNT OLIVE -- Former Miss North Carolina Hailey Best will serve as the grand marshal for the Mount Olive Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1. The parade will start at 10 a.m., with the parade lineup beginning at 9...

Republican hopeful says election is not over yet

GOP gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory made a brief stop in Goldsboro Friday afternoon -- just long enough to fire up a crowd of about 50 or so Republicans as they prepared to make the final push toward Election Day....

Local, state candidates vie for office

As the 2012 election cycle winds down with Election Day only two days away, Wayne County voters are preparing to finish casting ballots in 22 local races. Below is a quick reminder of what seats are up for grabs...

Guardian ad Litem needs volunteers

The volunteer Guardian ad Litem program is looking for advocates for abused and neglected children. Volunteers are trained and then appointed along with an attorney advocate to represent the child's best interests in juvenile court proceedings. The program works with...

Making their voices heard

Some were motivated by the presidential election. Others said they never miss an opportunity to cast a ballot, that they see voting as a civic duty. They came for different reasons and marked different names, but thousands of Wayne...

Duplin Hall of Fame banquet Thursday

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County Hall of Fame board wants to remind the public of the 17th Annual Banquet that will be held on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Squire Restaurant near Kenansville. Each year the Duplin County...

Council will discuss sidewalks

Monday's meeting of the Goldsboro City Council will likely feature a decision on a site and landscape plan proposal from St. Mark's Church of Christ, which has led the council to reconsider its sidewalk construction policies that have been...

Tasting of Wines benefit planned for Saturday

The 18th Annual Benefit Tasting of Wines and silent auction to raise money for the Optimist International Foundation Scholarship Fund and Center Stage Theatre will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, from 5-7 p.m. at the Goldsboro Country Club. The...

Friday, November 2, 2012

Mount Olive police search for shooting suspect

Mount Olive police are searching for a man accused of a Thursday afternoon shooting that has left man in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Montrall Anthony Sloan, 29, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and is currently on...

Spring Creek, Norwayne Middle dial $50K prizes

Teachers and staff at Spring Creek Elementary School were summoned down to the media center shortly before noon Thursday and told an announcement would be made about the outcome of the recent U.S. Cellular "Calling All Communities" campaign. The contest...

News-Argus responds to mailer

The News-Argus recently received a copy of a mailing created by Wayne County Commission candidate Republican Joe Daughtery. The mailing makes comments regarding current commissioner Democrat Jack Best and implies several statements about Best's fitness for office. Along with those...

Effigies at poll prompt inquiry

State election officials have asked prosecutors to investigate reports of a trailer parked at an early voting site that held effigies of former and current elected officials with nooses around their necks. State Board of Elections Executive Director Gary...

Arrest made in Teasers murder

The man Goldsboro police say was both caught on tape and reported by witnesses to have shot and killed 18-year-old Jairus Mikeal Saunders inside Teasers nightclub a month ago was apprehended Thursday, and placed in the Wayne County Jail without...

Mount Olive officials seek sewer plant settlement

MOUNT OLIVE -- Attorneys for the town Thursday filed documents in Wayne County Superior Court seeking an injunction and sanctions against the engineer who designed the town's flawed sewer treatment plant after he failed to pay a $110,000 court-ordered settlement....

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Arrest made in Teasers murder case

The man Goldsboro police allege is responsible for a shooting that left an 18-year-old dead inside Teasers Night Club Sept. 30 is behind bars. Quinton Leon Swinson II was charged with murder late this afternoon in connection with the...

Arrest made in Teasers murder case

The man Goldsboro police allege is responsible for a shooting that left an 18-year-old dead inside Teasers Night Club Sept. 30 is behind bars. Quinton Leon Swinson II was charged with murder late this afternoon in connection with the...

Keen: Budget needs sharp look, tax cut

The News-Argus posed three questions to candidates for the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. Following are the responses of Republican District 4 Commissioner Steve Keen who is unopposed in the Nov. 6 general election. 1. The budget is perhaps the...

Rapist sniffed out, arrested

Following a car chase, a crash, and an attempt to flee on foot, an alleged rapist and burglar, Marvin Devon Breeden, 19, 315 E. Walnut St., was tracked down by a K-9 unit Wed-nesday, and apprehended. He now sits in...

Early voting continues

With only three days remaining for one-stop early voting, Wayne County appears poised to match, if not exceed, the 34,332 votes cast during one-stop voting prior to the 2008 presidential election. Through Wednesday, when 2,264 people voted, the total...

Is it real?

Bryan Boyd, 2, reaches to touch a fake spider in the haunted house at Herman Park. Goldsboro Parks and Recreation transformed the parkhouse into a spooky spot as part of the city's Fall Fun Fest....

Former educator dies at 87

Neal Stitt, among the first black teachers at Goldsboro High School during integration, who also served on the city schools Board of Education, died early today after being recently diagnosed with cancer. He was 87. Stitt was a life member...

Bell: Cash right way to fund growth

The News-Argus posed three questions to candidates for the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. Following are the responses of District 3 Commissioner John Bell, a Democrat, who is unopposed in his re-election bid. 1. The budget is perhaps the biggest...

SJAFB airmen slated to return

For the past several months, there have been fewer F-15E Strike Eagles on the runway -- fewer of the airmen who command them working within the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base gates. But sometime in the next few weeks, both...