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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Helping students 'see and reach into their tomorrow'

Kiesha Cousar, a Goldsboro native who now lives and works in Raleigh, has spent 15 years teaching youth and adults about self-esteem and pursuing their passion. But she was taken aback recently by something she was asked by a...

County prison also included for closure in budget

Among the cuts proposed in Gov. Pat McCrory's $20.6 billion budget this year, $20.3 million would come from the closure of prisons in five counties, including Wayne. On the chopping block is Wayne Correctional Center, located at 700 Stevens...

Legislators talk on governor's budget

Speaking after the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's legislative breakfast event Friday, the county's three Republican legislators gave their thoughts on Gov. Pat McCrory's $20.6 billion budget -- including the two line items that targeted Wayne County specifically. Those...

Wayne County's three Republican legislators share thoughts on session with Chamber

Speaking at a legislative breakfast event, Wayne County's three Republican legislators took time Friday morning to discuss the issues facing the North Carolina General Assembly, including Gov. Pat McCrory's proposed $20.6 billion budget. Overall, the three said they are...

Aycock Birthplace slated for shutdown

State officials say the proposed closure of the Charles B. Aycock Birthplace in Fremont is unfortunate but necessary given the budget demands in Gov. Pat McCrory's $20.6 billion state spending plan. However, said Keith Hardison, director of the Division...

Deputies arrest duo for long string of car break-ins

By its own admission, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office had been run ragged chasing down a string of 36 vehicle break-ins that occurred over the last four months -- that is, until Wednesday. Sheriff's deputies forced their way into...

Wayne County health: 59 out of 100

A new study released last week by the University of Wisconsin ranks Wayne County as the 59th healthiest county in the state. The news did not come as a surprise to Davin Madden, Wayne County health director, who likens...

Wayne Community College students win Golden LEAF scholarship

Fifteen college-credit students from Wayne Community College were selected to receive spring semester scholarships through the Golden LEAF Scholarship program for the North Carolina Community College System. Recipients and their programs of study include Heather Aycock, Krystal Braswell, Arminda...

DOT to replace eight Wayne and Wilson bridges

Two bridges will be replaced in Wayne County and six in Wilson County as part of the N.C. Department of Transportation's $450 million state-funded bridge plan for 2011-13. The Wayne County bridges to be replaced are on Parkstown Road...

Walstonburg to host annual 'Proud to be an American Day' on April 20

WALSTONBURG -- The Greene County town of Walstonburg will hold its fifth annual "Proud to be American Day" celebration on Saturday, April 20. The event will take place at the American Legion Building at 102 S. Main St. in...

Crews respond to Mount Olive house fire

Crews from four area fire stations were called to the corner of North Church Street and Dail Street in Mount Olive on Thursday after 1 p.m., where they found a working structure fire. Preliminary reports indicated someone might be...

County GOP meets, elects slate of leaders for the year

The biggest controversy during Saturday morning's business session of the 2013 Republican Convention centered around ensuring the integrity of secret ballot election was maintained after a second candidate was nominated for first vice chair of the party. No new...

Pink Hill Rose Festival to be held on April 13

PINK HILL -- The second annual Pink Hill Rose Festival will be held April 13 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in downtown Pink Hill. Sponsored by the non-profit Pink Hill Area Preservation and Development Committee, the festival will...

Norwayne Middle School team wins regional Battle of the Books

After nine previous attempts, Norwayne Middle School's Battle of the Books team emerged victorious from the recent regional contest. The Region 2 event, held March 15 at Northside High School in Jacksonville pitted students from 10 counties against one...

Mount Olive College to host free PENC workshops for Praxis I & II tests

Mount Olive College is hosting two workshop sessions sponsored by the Professional Educators of North Carolina for the Praxis I & Praxis II tests. These workshops are being held for free to all North Carolina educators and education majors....

Purdue Pharma gives grant to Mount Olive College for summer research

Mount Olive College has been awarded a $15,000 grant from Purdue Pharma. The money will be paid out in $5,000 increments over the next three years, and will provide financial support for biology, chemistry, and math majors involved in...

Owner hopes photos, memories of dog will be found

Kimberly Bishop knows there will never be a way to bring back her dog, King Kong. The huge Labrador/Great Dane mix died several weeks ago. But she is hoping that she can salvage some of the fond memories of...

Host families needed for foreign students in June, July

Ten host families are being sought in the Goldsboro area to allow some French and Spanish students to be exposed first hand to an authentic American experience. French students will be here from June 14 to July 8. Spanish...

Most local, state offices to be closed Good Friday

Most local as well as state offices will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday. Banks, the post office and federal offices, however, do not observe the Easter holiday. Town halls in Goldsboro, Mount Olive, Pikeville, Walnut Creek...