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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Ex-school chief takes plea

Sprunt Hill, former Wayne County Public Schools assistant superintendent for auxiliary services, pleaded guilty today in Wayne County District Court to unlawfully accepting gifts and/or favors from a contractor/supplier as a government employee. He was sentenced to 45-day suspended...

Salvation Army issues call for help, donations

A lot of the racks and shelves at the Salvation Army's Family Store are bare, meaning less help is available for the needy. "We're trying to ramp up our donations," said Lt. Julie Igleheart with the Salvation Army. "Right now,...

Overturned log truck closes local highway

From staff reports Rainy weather conditions and slick roadways contributed to numerous traffic accidents throughout Wayne County on Monday, including an overturned log truck on N.C. 581 North, and a Ford Escape that rolled over off U.S. 111 South...

Three to meet to talk facilities

The Wayne County Commissioners' Facilities Committee will meet Wednesday at 8 a.m. in Room 458 on the fourth floor of the Wayne County Courthouse annex. The committee is scheduled to continue its discussion on county-owned facilities. A second committee...

Monday, April 29, 2013

Car tag renewal to mean tax, too

Implementation of the state Division of Motor Vehicles' new Tag & Tax Together program, which requires one payment for both the registration renewal fee and local vehicle property tax, has been delayed by two months. The change was scheduled to...

Guardian ad Litem volunteers honored

For more than 30 years, attorney Borden Parker has worked as an advocate for youths through the Guardian ad Litem program, which provides young people in the court system with an adult voice to speak on their behalf. For...

Wayne Community College spring concert to showcase sounds of 1963

This year's spring concert at Wayne Community College will be a flashback to a bygone era, as music and fashions from 1963 will be incorporated to set the stage for the 50th anniversary celebration of the founding of the...

Man's body found in water

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office recovered the body of a drowning victim from a pond near U.S. 117 just after 10 this morning. Otha Wayne Pollard Sr., 66, of Wilson, went fishing on the pond located at 7433 U.S. 117...

Teacher could face charges in Duplin

WARSAW -- A James Kenan High School teacher has resigned in light of an ongoing investigation into her alleged sexual relationship with a student. No charges have been filed. "There is an active criminal investigation," Duplin County Sheriff Blake...

Habitat plans 'mom' build

Andrea Freile knew she wanted to move back to Goldsboro, to be closer to family and to raise her daughter. But she couldn't have known just how rewarding that return could be. Ten years ago, she was community services...

High dollar claims pushing up city health insurance costs

The Goldsboro City Council approved the 2013-14 health insurance budget at a special City Council meeting Thursday. The total cost budgeted rose from $3,070,548 for the 2012-13 fiscal year to $3,522,876 for the 2013-14 fiscal year. This is an...

National Day of Prayer set for Thursday

For the third year, Wayne County residents will come together to pray for the nation and its leaders on the National Day of Prayer. The annual event will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. A service for adults will be...

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Clipping to cut cancer

Kids and adults alike gathered to have their heads shaved in the parking lot next to The Flying Shamrock on North John Street to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation to fund childhood cancer research. The event began...

A peck of pickle fun

MOUNT OLIVE -- In the center of Mount Olive beside a cage of hungry brown-haired goats, 4-year-old Kylee Whaley laughs as a clumsy goat thrusts its head through the fence boards and nibbles the food cupped in her tiny...

Officials: Aycock future in hands of legislature

FREMONT -- The irony of Thursday's meeting to discuss the potential darkening of the Charles B. Aycock Birthplace while hundreds of school children ran around the grounds, exploring the historic site's 19th century history wasn't lost on the dozens...

School volunteer becomes a father figure

Daniel Weeks has no children of his own at Goldsboro High School. But for many students there, he has become a father figure. The youth director at Bethel Church spent more than 375 hours at the school this past...

The F-15E's brushes with fame

2004 -- Twenty-one 4th Fighter Wing F-15Es participate in a flyover for President Ronald Reagan's funeral. 2007 -- Former child star Barry Williams, who played Greg on "The Brady Bunch," gets a ride in a Seymour Johnson Air Force Base...

N.C. Pickle Festival also celebrates new citizenship

Surrounded by family and friends, a group of 60 men and women raised their right hands and repeated the pledge of allegiance. But unlike a school classroom or government meeting, the crowd's repetition didn't sound like the standard drawl...

More than 200 walk for MS, raising nearly $30,000

More than 200 people took part in the MS Walk sponsored by the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at Herman Park on April 20. Walk MS, presented by Biogen Idec, is an opportunity for individuals...

He did not make it home

A deployed Air Force aviator is caught, by his comrades, watching a video inside a room used for mission planning. His 11-month-old son had just learned to walk. "I think he had just gotten it in the mail," the airman's...

Strike Eagle: The specs

Mission The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather....

A record of success

It's Election Day 2005 and Phil Smith is in the cockpit of one of the F-15E Strike Eagles circling the skies over Iraq. "It was pretty much to let the Iraqi people know, 'Hey. Don't be afraid to go to...

In memoriam: Those who lost their lives in a Strike Eagle

* Capt. Francis "Piston" Imlay -- Imlay, a pilot assigned to the 391st Fighter Squadron, was killed March 28, 2012, when his aircraft crashed near a base in Southwest Asia. * Capt. Mark "Pitbull" McDowell -- McDowell, a pilot assigned...

Only minutes left to save 17 comrades in arms ...

The blue sky had been consumed by the kind of gray that seemed to energize the insurgents operating near Coalition positions nestled in a valley not far from the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. A mortar attack had already unfolded -- a result,...

Communities in Schools of Wayne County earns national accreditation

Communities in Schools of Wayne County has received national accreditation and is among the first to accomplish this of the nearly 200 local affiliates in the CIS network in 25 states and the District of Columbia. "Accreditation for us...

Cherry honors volunteer of the year

Six awards were presented Thursday at the 10th annual Volunteer of the Year luncheon at Cherry Hospital. Four were the regular in-house recognitions, explained Tanya Rollins, director of special services, with two additional state awards incorporated this year from...

Friday, April 26, 2013

Survivors, caregivers share stories at annual Relay for Life banquet

Nearly 300 people gathered at First Pentecostal Holiness Church Thursday to celebrate cancer warriors, cancer survivors and those who hold their hands along their journey. The annual Survivors' Banquet featured some of the same standbys that make the event so...

Briggs pleads guilty to murder

A Goldsboro man sentenced to more than nine but less than 12 years in prison Wednesday for the 2012 murder of 37-year-old Brandon Marquett Phillips could be out in as few as eight years. Demarko Devon Briggs, 28, of 627...

Live -- and let God

Kasey Swartz never even stopped to think about cancer. She was 24, healthy, the mother of a beautiful 1-year-old daughter and an Air Force wife. She had her whole life ahead of her, and few worries when she went...

'Fill the Boot'

Capt. Rob Loreman of the Goldsboro Fire Department works the "Fill the Boot" location at Wal-Mart on Spence Avenue early today. Firemen will be collecting money all weekend at the site for the Muscular Dystrophy Association....

Dudley man charged with sex offense

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has arrested and charged a 31-year-old Dudley man for a second-degree sexual assault that occurred on April 14. David Escobar Herrera, of 291 Woodland Church Road, was placed in the Wayne County Jail under a...

City, county recommended for two N.C. greenway grants

The city of Goldsboro and Wayne County have each received recommendations from the North Carolina Trails Committee for two federal Recreational Trails Grants in the amount of $200,000 for the construction of greenways. The city and county applied for...

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Southern Wayne High School student earns Gates Scholarship

DUDLEY -- A local high school senior will become the first member of his family to go to college, thanks to the United Negro College Fund's Gates Millennium Scholarship program. Santos Saldivar is the first recipient from Southern Wayne...

Ex-school official charged

Former Wayne County Public Schools official Sprunt Hill has been charged with unlawfully accepting gifts and/or favors from a contractor in exchange for awarding a contract, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office announced today. Hill, 61, of Mount Olive, is scheduled...

Wayne Community College 'Shakes'

Students and faculty at Wayne Community College shot a "Harlem Shake" video during their Spring Spectacular Wednesday. The shoot was organized by the Express Yourself Club, a student organization at the college. Other Harlem Shake videos have gone viral...

Fremont develops strategies

FREMONT -- The Small Towns Economic Prosperity program committee Tuesday night came up with four strategies to pursue as it looks at ways to promote the town of Fremont and hopefully spur economic growth. Specifics as to how those strategies...

College facility plans will get a look

Future expansion plans at Wayne Community College rest on the construction of a nearly $10 million energy plant. The need for the plant tops the list of capital projects on the college's $52 million long-range master plan that will be...

Downtown facility plans will get a look

Community officials who gave away three downtown Goldsboro gift packages to Seymour Johnston Air Force Base airmen Wednesday afternoon had two motivations. The first, they said, was to thank the airmen and their families for all they do and...

Twelve to be in Mister and Miss WSE Scholarship Pageant

Wayne School of Engineering will host its second annual Mister and Miss WSE Scholarship Pageant this week, with 12 students participating. The event will be held Friday at 6 p.m. in the Goldsboro High School auditorium. Doors open at...

U.S. 70/West Market Street bridge in Smithfield now open

With the old bridge closed since Sept. 25, 2012, the new span on U.S. 70 Business/West Market Street over the Neuse River in Smithfield is now open. State Department of Transportation officials and the Downtown Smithfield Development Corp. officially...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Daniels named new president of chamber

Having watched two leaders come and go since 2011, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce officials believe they have found the right person in Kate Daniels to bring stability to the president position. "We had a number of candidates that...

City to receive grants for park

The Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department has announced that the city has been awarded three community transformation grants in the amount of $40,000 through the Affordable Care Act. Two of the grants were for $15,000 and a third was...

Wayne County sings

Members of the Elementary School Chorus perform during the Wayne County Public Schools Choral Festival. This year's festival included 23 local schools and 275 choral members taking part in the event held at Goldsboro High School....

Kindergarten registration set for Friday

Wayne County Public Schools will hold its kindergarten registration day on Friday at all 15 elementary schools. Registration will last from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., with the exception of Spring Creek Elementary, whose event will run from 9...

Child, 7, killed by truck in Sampson

A log truck struck and killed a student as she was getting off a school bus on U.S. 421 near Herring Road in Sampson County Tuesday afternoon. The truck driver did not stop for the warning sign -- as is...

McFadden to retire, too

The assistant superintendent tasked with collecting data and calculating test scores for Wayne County Public Schools is retiring. Dr. Craig McFadden, assistant superintendent for accountability and student services for Wayne County, announced Tuesday that his last day will be June...

LaGrange historian works to capture local history in new book

Tranquil and neighborly LaGrange, which borders Goldsboro to the east, may have earned the nickname "The Garden Spot" years ago, but make no mistake -- there are a lot of stories that haven't been told. "We've discovered sabers in...

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Moving restroom will add to cost, but new location better, city says

Construction resumed on the restroom and shelter at Stoney Creek Park over the weekend on the sites most recently approved by the granting agency for the project, the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. This is a change from the...

Mount Olive gets ready for pickles

MOUNT OLIVE -- The 27th annual North Carolina Pickle Festival will be held this weekend and the town of Mount Olive is busy gearing up for the annual event, which draws thousands of visitors every year. Saturday will be...

Man charged in farm heist

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has identified and captured the man they say is responsible for an armed robbery that took place at a turkey farm earlier this month. Casey Roberto Maddox, 21, of 118 Pearlie Drive in Dudley, is...

Suspect caught in ATM burglary

A Goldsboro man has been charged with a series of attempted break-ins at ATM locations around the city after Goldsboro police officers caught him in the act early Monday. Lorenzo Marice Farrow, 35, of 607 Longleaf Ave., was arrested after...

Ceremony honors departed nurses at their graveside

Virginia Price Weeks was a nurse devoted to her patients, her husband said. An LPN, licensed practical nurse, in Mount Olive for 23 years, she was forced to retire in 2005 because of failing health. "She had a chance...

EDITORIAL: Fox-like hens: It's been proven over and over -- government cannot police itself

You kind of always wonder if they really think it as you watch those you elected to office ignore the instructions you sent along with them to the statehouse, county commission office, the governor's mansion or the halls of Congress....

The wall departs

The Wall that Heals site manager Bob Dobek directs volunteers during the dismantling of the wall on the campus of Wayne Community College on Monday. The wall takes three hours to dismantle and to pack into the truck. Nearly...

Monday, April 22, 2013

A Marine's poem

The following poem was written by Marine Cpl. Joseph Nelson Hargrove and delivered to his wife, Gail, just two weeks before he was declared missing in action. The Department of Defense later changed the Marine's status to killed in action,...

For those who served

"Things are kind of slow now, although it weren't so a few weeks ago. I have just got out of the bush after being there for 37 days. That sounds like a short time, but with Mr. Charles hot on...

County shifts payroll from HR to finance

Wayne County commissioners have agreed to move the county's payroll office from human resources to the finance department. Commissioner Bill Pate broached the issue of the payroll office being in the human resources department during a work session on...

District faces lack of drivers

Hiring, and retaining, bus drivers in the school system remains a challenge, officials say. The Board of Education recently discussed some of the most pressing issues faced by the district -- from providing sufficient hours to lifting restrictions for potential...

Creating firefighters of the future

Travis Sauls isn't one of the youths caught in the cycle of drugs, gangs and crime in his neighborhood. The 17-year-old is learning to be a firefighter -- one of the many teens in the Goldsboro Fire Department's Goldsboro...

Edgewood closed to battle flea concerns

Edgewood Community Developmental School was dismissed early Friday and parents were notified over the weekend that there would be no classes today while the district dealt with a potential flea problem. "They did send students home early on Friday...

Details released on car/building accident

The driver of the Mini Cooper that smashed into the entrance of the Strickland Insurance Group's building at 400 Commerce Court last week and injured one person has been identified as Denise Lynn Speer, 62, of New Bern. Ms. Speer...

Sunday, April 21, 2013

In their memory: Roll of men from Wayne lost in Vietnam is read

One was a "hell of a good" fighter pilot described, by those who knew him, as a smart, handsome, likable young man. Another was a "homebody" who "cried and cried" before he boarded a vessel bound for war. And...

Vietnam Wall poster/essay winners

Wayne County Public Schools recognized student winners in an essay and poster contest to support the arrival of the "The Wall That Heals" this past week at Wayne Community College. The district participated in the week-long event in a...

School Superintendent Taylor announces retirement

Dr. Steven Taylor has decided to retire as superintendent of Wayne County Public Schools effective July 1. The official announcement was made Friday afternoon at a called meeting of principals, central office staff and invited guests. The Board of Education...

Date set for Rose Banquet

Participants at the annual Rose Banquet will not only get a meal and entertainment, but they will learn how abstinence can protect their future. Sponsored by the Wayne Council on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, the event is held to promote...

Public notices bill debate leads to questionable vote

A bill that is scheduled to come before the N.C. Senate this week is sparking controversy after its contentious movement from the Senate State and Local Government Committee. Senate Bill 287 would give some local governments the choice to...

Victim found dead in yard; suspect arrested

Deputies arrived in seven minutes. Within an hour, they had the shooter. Forty-five minutes later, law enforcement officials had the gun that was used in Saturday's murder of Richard Sylvester Thomas, 28, who was found shot to death just...

News-Argus publisher shares his thoughts

A state Senate bill that would allow some local governments the right to bypass printing public legal notices in nearby newspapers was discussed in a meeting of the Senate's Local Government Committee, leading to a confusing vote on the issue.Committee...

Fremont Town Board approves cruisers

The Fremont Board of Aldermen approved the acceptance of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant and loan for the purchase of two new police cars for the town's police department at their April 16 meeting. The grant awarded to...

Dancing Stars raise money for schools

The red carpet was rolled out onto Center Street Friday night. It was overcast, but the stars were out at the Paramount Theatre, doing their best soft shoe, cancan and cabaret to raise money for education. The Dancing Stars of...

commissioners agree to plan for overtime for EMS workers

A change in how Wayne County's emergency personnel are paid will mean about a $360,000 increase in salaries for next year or about a $420,000 hike when benefits are included. The salaries will include increases of $35,580 for the...

Press Association attorney disputes vote count

A vote taken on the issue of where it is permissable to publish public notices was questionable at best or manipulated by the committee chairman at its worst, the bill's opponents say. Committee clerk Kaye Culberson, who works in...

Bridge slated for repairs

A $614,258 contract has been awarded to replace the bridge on Oakland Church Road over Beaverdam Creek west of Goldsboro in Wayne County. The N.C. Department of Transportation Thursday announced that the project had been awarded to S.T. Wooten...

All-County Chorus to be held Tuesday night

Approximately 275 choral members will join voices to showcase their musical talents on Tuesday at Wayne County Public Schools' All-County Choral Festival, starting at 7 p.m. at Goldsboro High School. Twenty-three schools will be represented. The event is free...

Friday, April 19, 2013

Roll Call ceremony still a "go"

Members of the Wayne County Veterans and Patriots Coalition have been following the weather closely this afternoon and said, as of 4 p.m., that they are "hoping for the best" and are not yet ready to cancel this evening's Roll...

No vote on Wayne Opportunity Center $30,000 debt to county

Wayne Opportunity Center officials Tuesday talked about their efforts to get the center's financial house in order and answered questions from Wayne County commissioners, but left the commissioners' meeting with no answer to their plea that the county forgive a...

A letter to the heroes

The following letter was read during the opening ceremony for the Wall That Heals: Dear Vietnam veteran, I know I should have written much sooner. I can't say why I did not. Out of fear of admitting to myself you...

Salute, at last

A 68-year-old woman falls to her knees -- tears streaming down her face as she, moments later, extends her hand toward a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. But before Mary Whitley's fingertips made contact with the panel that...

Fremont Police Department helps with Princeton drug round-up

Princeton Police Chief Tyrone Sutton announced 12 arrests and 34 charges related to a "drug round-up" conducted last week after an inter-agency investigation that lasted seven months. Money, drugs and several digital scales were seized in the operation, including...

Realtor of the Year

Bruce Gates, center, was named the 2013 Realtor of the Year at the 47th annual Realtors Luncheon sponsored by The News-Argus on Thursday. Gates is shown with last year's winner, Gay Elmore, left, and Chuck Nail, president of the...

Pilots talk about battles, healing

A crowd packed Moffatt Auditorium at Wayne Community College Thursday night, oohing and ahhing, laughing and gasping and giving multiple standing ovations to the speakers -- Retired Air Force Lt. Col. John Stiles and his friend and author of...

Thursday, April 18, 2013

'He was there with me'

A young Marine matches his wife step for step as she walks along the replica constructed on a green nestled inside the Wayne Community College campus Wednesday afternoon. It's been nearly 37 years since Joseph Hargrove was declared killed in...

Woman drives car into office

A woman trying to park her car in a handicapped parking space at Strickland Insurance Group on Commerce Court inadvertently drove her vehicle into the building this morning. Goldsboro Building Inspector Kenny Talton was still assessing the damage at...

Board votes on OT

Wayne County Commissioner Joe Daughtery on Tuesday had a motion prepared prior to any public discussion by the board as to how to address salary overpayments made to county employees -- a motion that appeared to leave County Manager Lee...

Doctor appears in court

Dr. Michael Shane Hoover pleaded guilty in Wayne County District Court Wednesday to drunken driving and simple assault in connection with a January incident in which he responded to an emergency at Wayne Memorial Hospital while under the influence of...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A heroes' welcome

Betty Franklin had tears in her eyes as she looked down Wayne Memorial Drive at the hundreds standing along the roadside waving undersized American flags and homemade signs. It has been more than 40 years since her brother, Pfc. Joseph...

What happened on Jan. 20, 1972 ...

He only had six seconds. Six seconds to eject from an F-4 Phantom that was upside down and spinning out of control. So when John Stiles asked his pilot, Bob Mock, if he should bail, he was taken aback when...

County leaders consider capital projects

Wayne County Commissioner Ray Mayo Tuesday afternoon appeared to back pedal somewhat from action taken last week by the county's Facilities Committee asking commissioners to proceed with bid-letting within the next 30 to 45 days for a new Steele Memorial...

Four in competition for help

Four local people are entered in a national contest to win one of three handicapped accessible vans. Sponsored by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association, the contest has almost 1,000 entries. They are all stories of "local heroes" across...

Teacher job fair to be held Saturday

Wayne County Public Schools will hold its annual Teacher Job Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the gymnasium at Goldsboro High School. Prospective teachers can visit and learn about the programs and job opportunities at...

Artwork from four WCC students to be displayed in Raleigh

Artwork from four Wayne Community College students has been chosen for the 16th N.C. Community Colleges Art Exhibition in Raleigh. Forty-four of the 58 community colleges in the state are represented in the exhibition of 139 creative works by...

Senior Games start on Monday

The 2013 Wayne County Senior Games start Monday, with 313 competitors from ages 55 through 90 registered. Competition will be in various arenas: Performing arts, heritage, visual and literary arts, golf, bowling and assorted track and field events. Here is...

Rabies clinic will be held on April 27

Rabies vaccination clinics will be sponsored by the County of Wayne on Saturday, April 27, at Grantham Elementary School from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. and at Southern Wayne High School from 1 p.m until 3 p.m. The cost...

County looking at new ag center

The committee responsible for the original 2006 proposal for an $11.6 million regional agricultural center in Wayne County is being revived to update the plan before a decision is made on the hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs...

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Wall That Heals has arrived

Children waved undersized American flags and grown men cried as the Wall That Heals -- and some 400 motorcycles -- made their way down Wayne Memorial Drive this afternoon. For complete coverage of the beginning of the replica's stint in...

Haney at the Boston Marathon: 'We were told bomb went off.'

Mike Haney of Goldsboro had passed the 24-mile point of his first Boston Marathon when he first noticed something was wrong. "I was coming up a slight incline and up ahead there were a whole lot of people who...

New restaurant coming to Goldsboro

Renovations began Monday on the former location of Bailey's Jewelry in the Berkeley Commons shopping center off Berkeley Boulevard to make room for a new sub shop in Goldsboro. Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches will bring 30 to 40 jobs to...

School board: Common Core could be concern

The Wayne County Board of Education has mixed reviews about the latest round of guidelines of how students will be taught English and math. The first hour of its three-hour meeting Monday night was spent debating the merits of the...

It's coming down: City Council votes to demolish former Arts Council building

The Goldsboro City Council voted Monday night to award a contract to demolish the former Arts Council building to A K Grading and Demolition in the amount of $197,000. The contract covers the demolition of the old Arts Council...

Board says 'no' to facilities proposal

The Wayne County school board approved a resolution Monday night opposing a measure that would allow school property to be transferred from the control of school boards to county commissioners. A growing number of school boards across the state are...

Monday, April 15, 2013

Wayne Opportunity Center request on agenda

Wayne County commissioners will once again take up a request by Wayne Opportunity center officials for the county to forgive a $30,000 debt. Center Executive Director John Chance is on the commissioners' agenda Tuesday to make a presentation on the...

Cops on top of the shop for a good cause

Goldsboro Police Sgt. Dale Foster stands atop the roof of the Krispy Kreme doughnut shop on Ash Street Saturday. The "Cop on Top" event was held by local law enforcement to raise money for the North Carolina Law Enforcement...

Stiles program tickets gone

A presentation by Vietnam veteran John Stiles on Tuesday night has been sold out, but tickets are still available for other events sponsored by the Wayne Community College Foundation. The retired Air Force lieutenant colonel was shot down during the...

Fremont town board to discuss new budget

The Fremont Board of Alderman will meet Tuesday to discuss the 2013-14 budget for the town. The board will meet in the town hall at 120 East Main Street at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the budget, the board...

Seven up for Mister and Miss Goldsboro High School on Saturday

Goldsboro High School will hold its Mister and Miss Goldsboro High School Pageant on Saturday, April 20, at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. The door opens at 5:30 pm. Tickets are available at the door for $5. There are...

EMS overtime to get look

Salary overpayments totaling $177,062 to employees in the Wayne County Office of Emergency Services accounted for 85 percent of the $207,722 in overpayments made in the county's 2012 payroll. Most of the blame for the overpayments has been placed on...

Efforts ready to curb cat issue

Feral cats are a constant concern in Goldsboro for the city's animal control personnel -- and despite efforts to curb growth -- the population is still increasing. "They are a serious problem in Goldsboro," said Cary Saulcon, Goldsboro animal...

Sunday, April 14, 2013

4FW Commander: Stand down hurts

It was supposed to be a weekend of celebration -- a several-day stint during which past and present members of the 4th Fighter Wing could share stories and time with each other as they marked the 25th anniversary of the...

Piggin' out for the Boys & Girls Club

White smoke drifted aimlessly across Waynesborough Park Saturday morning as 24 competitors, amateur and professional, battled it at the annual Pig in the Park cook-off to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County. As cleavers clacked across...

If closed, prison could be a jail

Gov. Pat McCrory's budget proposal to close five prisons, including Wayne Correctional Center west of Goldsboro near Cherry Hospital, could be the cost-saving answer to Wayne County's need for a new $51 million jail. It could also mean that...

Bids in for demolition of former arts council

The bidding has closed for the proposed demolition of the former Arts Council of Wayne County headquarters. Now it is up to the City Council to decide whether to proceed with the project, or try and sell the lot...

Friends of Willowdale Cemetery building support for improvements

Friends of Willowdale, a group dedicated to the restoration of graves at Willowdale Cemetery, is in the formative stages of planning improvements to the cemetery. For months the group has been connecting with family members of those interred at...

County Democrats to work to reverse losses

The Democratic Party faces a Herculean task in overcoming the political reversals suffered at the hands of a Tea Party Republican Party that is working to take the state backwards, Gary E. "Gene" Britt II told his fellow Democrats...

How the Wall That Heals started its journey

On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has visited more...

After the gunfire ceased

Editor's note: April 18, two days after The Wall That Heals arrives in Wayne County, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry will deliver the keynote address at an opening ceremony event. That evening, Cherry and fellow fighter pilot, retired...

A soldier's memory

Editor's note: April 19 at 6 p.m., local Medal of Honor recipient and retired Army Col. Joe Marm will share his story in front of the Wall That Heals during a ceremony at which the names of the 145 area...

Comrades forever

His consciousness finally regained, Brian Volk begins searching for survivors -- dismissing his own injuries as he barrels toward the epicenter of the terrorist attack that had just crippled one of the buildings tucked inside an American military compound in...

Fatal wreck victim identified

The victim of Friday morning's fatal accident on U.S. 13 North, just north of George's Grill near Hood Swamp Road has been identified as Paula Divers, 39, of Greenville. Divers appeared to have been traveling south in a four-door...

Partnership's annual Shrimp & Lobster Fest to be May 3

The Partnership for Children of Wayne County will host its annual Lobster and Shrimp Fest fundraiser on Friday, May 3, at the partnership building on William Street. The Lobster and Shrimp Fest is one of the partnership's largest fundraising...

The Wall That Heals: Events of note

• Tuesday, 3 p.m. -- The Wall That Heals will arrive at Wayne Community College. Local residents who wish to welcome the procession to Goldsboro are asked to line Wayne Memorial Drive, between Starbucks and WCC, by 2:45. •...

Multiple Sclerosis Society to host annual walk Saturday at local park

The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host Goldsboro's 2013 Walk MS event on Saturday at Herman Park. Walk MS, an annual fundraiser for over 20 years, is an opportunity for the community to support...

Red Cross to sponsor Heroes on the Court event Wednesday

The Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross will host a Heroes on the Court fundraiser Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Wayne Country Day School gymnasium. It will feature one-man volleyball team Bob Holmes. "He's a motivational speaker...

Friday, April 12, 2013

One dies in morning crash

Two separate wrecks this morning resulted in one fatality on U.S. 13 North, just north of George's Grill near Hood Swamp Road. In the first on U.S. 13 North, a black female, possibly in her mid-20s, appeared to have...

Assistant city manager says she's leaving

Assistant City Manager Tasha Logan is preparing to leave her post to take one in Rocky Mount, but she credits Goldsboro for fostering her love of local government, she said Thursday. Ms. Logan, who has worked for the city...

4th Fighter Wing officially confirms stand down

The 4th Fighter Wing confirmed this morning that the 336th Fighter Squadron was ordered to stand down in accordance with Air Combat Command's Tiered Readiness Plan. And the wing's commander, Col. Jeannie Leavitt, said the move would have "a significant...

County will bid library project

The Wayne County Commission Facilities Committee Thursday morning unanimously voted to recommend that the full commission proceed with bid letting within the next 30 to 45 days for a new Steele Memorial Library in Mount Olive. Committee member and commission...

They stayed together: Couple celebrates 80th anniversary

Robert Gerald still remembers the moment he first saw the young girl who would become his wife. It was 1931 and his family had just moved to Goldsboro. He was a student at Dillard High School. "She was outside playing...

Students write about abstinence

Area high school students are again being asked to write about why abstinence is the best choice for teens to prevent pregnancy. This marks the 11th year for the annual Abstinence Essay Contest, co-sponsored by the Health Department and...

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Health Board discusses 2013-14 budget

In some respects, the proposed 2013-14 budget for the Wayne County Health Department could be considered a stripped-down version, a 1.4 percent reduction from the current operating budget -- reflecting grants that are running out and the uncertainty of state...

Strawberry woes will be a 'minor event,' experts say

Wayne County's small strawberry crop, only about 15 acres, isn't expected to suffer significant or widespread problems as the result of virus-infected stock bought from nurseries in Canada. "But those who are affected will see it as one," said...

Goldsboro man sentenced in federal court on drug charges

A Goldsboro man has been sentenced to 156 months in prison for dealing drugs. Federal District Court Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Joel Artis, 37, in March to the term followed by three years probation for possession with...

Logan leaving city post

Goldsboro city officials announced today that Assistant City Manager Tasha Logan will be leaving on May 13. She will be taking the assistant city manager position in Rocky Mount. "We are sorry to see her leave, but this a...

Dancing tickets going fast

The Wayne Education Network and Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's Dancing Stars of Wayne County Battle of the Studios fundraiser for education is just days away and tickets are on sale now. But don't fret, citizens, seating might be limited...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Complaint will stall restrooms at park

Construction of the public restroom at Stoney Creek Park was halted Monday after former city councilman Bob Waller and other Randolph Street residents raised concerns about its location after work began Friday. City Manager Scott Stevens gave the order...

Woman shot outside store

A 19-year-old woman was shot outside of the Manhattan Grocery and Deli located at 901 S. Slocumb St. two minutes before 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Goldsboro Police Department is investigating the shooting of Renisha Lashonda Todd, of 1204 Brewington Court,...

Resting place for heroes

Supporters of a proposed new veterans cemetery in Goldsboro are hopeful that after nearly six years worth of work, their efforts will soon pay off. Andy Anderson, who has been pushing the project from the start, explained that the...

Air Force jets grounded

The sequester came home to Wayne County Tuesday as the Air Force announced it would begin standing down a third of its fighter jet fleet, including one of the F-15E Strike Eagle squadrons housed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base....

Planning board OKs building queries

The Wayne County Planing Board Tuesday night approved four minor subdivision plats, but held off on a rezoning request. The plats are: * Jockey's Ridge final, owner/developer Arnold Flowers, one lot on Arrington Bridge Road in Indian Springs Township *...

Location of life-size Chutes and Ladders changed Friday

The life-size game of Chutes and Ladders, originally scheduled for Cornerstone Commons, will be at First Presbyterian Church, 1101 E. Ash St., on Friday for families and others to come out and celebrate early childhood education. In addition to the...

Holocaust survivor speaks at Mount Olive College

MOUNT OLIVE -- The day Abe Piasek was freed from the hold of Nazi Germany still sticks in his memory -- not so much because he escaped from an overturned cattle car that day, but because it was the...

Veteran drivers win school bus titles

Three veteran school bus drivers and previous winners again took the top three awards in the annual "Bus ROAD-e-o" competition, which showcases driving and safety skills. Wayne County Public Schools hosts the yearly event, setting up a challenging course...

Farm bill lectures planned

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association in partnership with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems and Wayne County N.C. Cooperative Extension Service will be holding two lectures on the farm bill extension and its effect on local foods. The lectures will be...

Goldsboro Optimist Club collecting computers Saturday

The Goldsboro Optimist Club on Saturday will collect used computers from the public in the parking lot at Sam's Club from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The following items are needed for its Optimist Computers4Kids program: laptop, desktop, and...

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Pig in the Park to be held this weekend

The fourth annual Pig in the Park will be held this weekend, with activities starting Friday night and continuing with the barbecue contest at Old Waynesborough Park on Saturday. The event is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club...

Citizen tip helps police capture criminal

A fast-acting citizen witnessed a break-in at a neighbor's residence on Audubon Avenue Friday and called police. Based on the description of the suspect's vehicle given by the 911 caller, officers from The Goldsboro Police Department's B-shift located the...

Comission called on Mount Olive library delays

It would be "bad business" for Wayne County not to honor the agreement it made years ago with citizens of Mount Olive to build a new library, state Sen. Louis Pate told Wayne County commissioners Friday. Commissioners met with...

Local social worker chosen for N.C. honor

Every weekday morning, like clockwork, Haneefa Best steps out of her office to greet parents and children arriving at the Chestnut Street Center. Whenever possible, she also enjoys visits to the Early Head Start and Head Start classrooms -- maybe...

Monday, April 8, 2013

Schools ready for new testing

With less than nine weeks of school remaining, Wayne County Public Schools is gearing up for year-end tests. Typically, tests reflect curriculum areas, which are updated on a staggered schedule on alternate years, allowing teachers and administrators to incorporate the...

Argument ends in stabbing

A domestic argument between a man and his wife escalated Friday morning, prompting the woman's 18-year-old son to step in. A fight broke out. A knife was introduced. The husband went to Wayne Memorial Hospital, the son to Wayne...

Public hearing Tuesday on Planning Board changes

A public hearing will be held May 7 at 4:15 p.m. on a proposal to restore authority to the Wayne County Planning Board and/or the planning director to approve certain minor subdivision plats. The amendment to county's subdivision ordinance will...

Sunday in the Park

Brittany Wypasek helps Cayden Watson, 3, with his cone of ice cream at Sunday in the Park at Herman Park. More than 800 people enjoyed food, crafts, music and the warm sunny weather at the first Sunday in the...

Sunday, April 7, 2013

River cleanup

Kenny Lewis, sales manager of R.A. Jeffreys, prepares to put in at the U.S. 117 bridge after collecting trash along the Neuse River with his son Turner, 11, on Saturday. R.A. Jeffreys employees teamed up with Goldsboro Parks and...

Legislators emphasize support for Seymour

State House members "were actually fighting" to be primary sponsors of a bill that would help protect Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and the state's other military installations, said Rep. Jimmy Dixon, R-4. The issue is that important, he said....

WCDS teacher to help create Duke workshop

A math teacher at Wayne Country Day School is collaborating with a Duke University professor to create a student workshop on the university campus in the fall. "Math everywhere day" is the working title for the event, said Dr....

Wayne Democratic convention to be held on Saturday

Wayne County Democrats will hold their county convention Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. at the Wayne County Courthouse. The meeting is open to all Democrats. State and congressional district representatives as well as officers will be elected. To...

Small Business Award nominees being sought

The Small Business Center of Wayne Community College and Wayne County Chamber of Commerce are seeking nominations for the 2013 Small Business Awards. Candidates for awards are being sought in the categories of "Small Business of the Year" and...

Rosewood junior firefighters do well at state competition

The trophies read, "Stony Hill Inaugural 'March into Spring.'" They sit atop a 9-11 tribute, which includes a piece of the wreckage encased in a huge glass display and authenticated with an official N.Y. Port Authority tag and a U.S....

Norwayne student earns second place in state science contest

A Norwayne Middle School eighth-grader who has won first place prizes in the Wayne County Public Schools' science fair for the past three years, earned second place at the state event. David Williamson had won first place in the...

Celebrating 100th birthday

Charles A. Newton smiles while sitting next to his daughter Sallie Bluff during the celebration of his 100th birthday at Sterling House last week. Newton was born on April 3, 1913, in Starksboro, Vt. He worked as a machinist...

Time to hit the field

Arturo Guerrero checks the corn in a planter Saturday morning as he gets ready to start another round of planting on a Price Brothers farm about two miles east of Mount Olive on Kelly Springs Road. A cold, rainy...

Four in competition for title of Miss Mardi Gras

Four women are competing for the Miss Mardi Gras 2013 crown that will be presented Friday, April 19 as part of the annual fundraiser sponsored by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. for its scholarship program. Fraternity members have...

Disability walk set for May 8

The 17th Annual Hal Plonk Disability Awareness Walk, sponsored by the Mayor's Committee for Persons with Diability, will be held Wednesday, May 8, starting with registration at St. Paul Methodist Church at 204 E. Chestnut St. at 9:30 a.m....

County waiting on plan from Opportunity Center

Wayne County commissioners earlier last week voiced concerns that they had not yet seen financial information and a business plan that they requested more than a month ago from the financially troubled Wayne Opportunity Center. It is information that commissioners...

Friday, April 5, 2013

Teacher learns from students

Sometimes even veteran teachers step back and learn from their students. Kathie Hooks admits she took that approach during a recent lesson with her science students at Wayne Country Day School. For the past few years, she has been the...

Poetry winners read

From peanut butter sandwiches to works of art to society, poems were read about it all recently at Herman Park Center. The readers were local winners of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet awards for 2013 and included Shari Berk, Kyle...

Junior Livestock hog show results

The following are the winners from the Wayne County Junior Livestock Show and Sale's Thursday morning Market Hog Showmanship Contest: Novice 1st, Oliver Thomas; 2nd, Tyler Norris; 3rd, Skylar Craig; 4th, Riley Hatch; 5th, India Young. Junior 1st, Taylor...

EMS pay to be discussed April 16

It will be another two weeks before Wayne County Office of Emergency Services employees will know what, if anything, will be done to address overtime payroll issues in their department. Wayne County commissioners were set Tuesday to discuss the overtime...

Coite leaving Wayne Extension to take over Sampson office

Eileen Coite is stepping down after 13 years as Wayne County Cooperative Extension livestock agent to become the first female Cooperative Extension director in neighboring Sampson County. Her hiring was announced this past week during a meeting of the Sampson...

Art, essay contests linked to Vietnam Wall

As part of the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall event planned for later this month, organizers have created two contests for students to give them a chance to participate and maybe learn a little history at the same time....

Car crashes into restaurant

The Goldsboro Fire Department, Wayne County EMS and the Goldsboro Police Department met at Western Sizzlin' at 100 N. Berkeley Blvd. just after 11:30 a.m. Thursday, not to dine in, but in response to a vehicle driven into the side...

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Commissioners to meet with lawmakers

Wayne County's state legislative delegation will meet Friday at 8:30 a.m. with Wayne County commissioners at the Goldsboro Country Club. The meeting is open to the public. State Sens. Louis Pate and Don Davis and state Reps. John Bell, Larry...

Volunteers sought for cancer prevention study

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to participate in a Cancer Prevention Study 3. The purpose of the study is to try and find links between cancer and lifestyle and environment. Volunteers between the ages of 30 and...

County board to start meeting in evening

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday tentatively made good on another campaign promise when they agreed to start holding evening meetings, at least on a trial basis. Commissioners, by a 6-1 vote, agreed to try the evening sessions...

Junior Livestock Show held Wednesday, today

Isaac Young was too focused on handling his goat to smile. Even when the judge at the Wayne County Junior Livestock Show and Sale joked with the 8-year-old while asking him questions, Isaac maintained a serious demeanor as he...

Legislation aimed at protecting military bases

With the threat of a recently proposed coastal wind energy farm receding into the past, Wayne County legislators are working to prevent any similar projects from again sneaking up on the state's military community. A bill in the House,...

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sunday in the Park returns

Live music, clowns, painting and fresh produce will all be part of this year's Sunday in the Park events. They will be held the first Sunday of each month from 2 to 5 p.m. at Herman Park. The first...

Junior Livestock Show

Doodle Edwards, left, and Joey McCullen unload a pig for the Junior Livestock Show and Sale at the Wayne County Fairgrounds early today. The show starts today with the goat show at 6 p.m. and calf show at 8...

County changes budget policy

More than $500,000 will be pulled from the county's reserve fund to cover budget amendments in the Office of Emergency Services even though unused money is available in the department's budget to cover most of the expense. Wayne County commissioners...

Cures for the Colors cancer fundraiser set for April 12-14

Southeastern Cancer Care "Cures for the Colors" third annual Walk/Run Marathon fundraiser will be held Friday through Sunday, April 12-14. Southeastern Cancer Care's goal is to assist patients in eastern North Carolina with food, utilities, gas, clothing and other...

Multi-sport complex eyed

With a rendering showing them what a potential multi-sport complex off Harding Drive could look like, members of the Goldsboro City Council voted Monday to push ahead with more information gathering -- including an idea of what the impact...

School social workers on front lines for student needs

School social workers are often front-line witnesses to the worst possible situations a child can face. They have been called a "crisis team" of sorts for the roles they play advocating for students in the public schools. If there...

Holocaust survivor to speak at Mount Olive College event April 9

Abe Piasek was only 12 years old in 1939 when Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany. A year later, he was ripped from his family and taken to Radom, a forced labor camp. Piasek spent years in the labor...

City fills building inspector position

Goldsboro officials announced Monday that a new building code administrator has been hired, four months after Ed Cianfarra retired after 27 years of service to the city. His replacement, Allen Anderson Jr., has 19 years with the city himself,...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

'Young Moms Connect' helps teen mothers cope

Don't go by the supermarket tabloids -- being a teen mom is not glamorous. Just ask some who unexpectedly found themselves going through it. "I didn't think I was going to be in the situation, but I am," said Jaquetta...

Pikeville budget session April 9

PIKEVILLE -- The Pikeville Town Board will meet April 9 to begin discussions about the town's 2013-14 budget. The board met Monday night for its regular monthly meeting and set the date for budget workshops to begin. The workshop will...

Pig in the Park set for April 13

The annual Pig in the Park again promises to honor the area's rich barbecue tradition, while providing an array of activities and entertainment for families during the weekend of April 12-13. This is the fourth year for the event, a...

Apartment proposal raises concerns

MOUNT OLIVE -- A public hearing on the proposed Berry Lane Gardens apartment complex on N.C. 55 across from Walmart in the north part of Mount Olive brought a few concerned citizens and questions by the board to developer...

Council OKs changes at two parks

The Goldsboro City Council gave the go-ahead to recreation officials Monday to make changes at two parks, while also giving its approval to a long consent agenda involving a number of zoning requests. The first park facing changes is...

Monday, April 1, 2013

Literacy Connections helps adults' basic reading skills

Andi DeRoin spends a few moments staring at a sign-in sheet. The small organized lines that should create meaning are incomprehensible to her. Should she sign her name? Maybe a birthday? Or perhaps a phone number? She just can't...

EMS pay back on county agenda

The contentious issue of how the county calculates overtime pay for its emergency services employees will be back before the Wayne County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday when the commissioners review an Office of Emergency Services-prepared salary analysis. It has...

Charles B. Aycock DECA chapter does well at national meetings

Charles B. Aycock's DECA chapter recently attended the 2013 N.C. DECA Career Development Conference and had its best year ever, said adviser Tammy Vail, a marketing teacher at the school. DECA, which stands for Distributive Clubs of America, is...

County elementary schools battle it out over reading lists

The annual Elementary Battle of the Books was held this year at Goldsboro High School, in two parts. Nine teams competed on March 20 and seven on March 26. The long-running event was taken over by Wayne County Public...