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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Missed Direction: Who pulls the trigger?

It starts with a cluster of youths hanging around a store or a neighborhood. There is a fight, a scuffle, names are called and, in some cases, residents say, guns are drawn. It used to be viewed as just...

Missed Direction: Are gangs contributing?

Keith Acree, N.C. Department of Public Safety communications officer for adult corrections, says there are validated and non-validated gang members in Wayne County. "It's fair to say there are a very small number of folks on probation or parole...

Missed Direction: Pending murder cases

Of the 100 murder cases the District Attorney's Office has taken on since Assistant DA Matthew Delbridge began leading homicide prosecutions, there are 29 still pending from 21 events (some of the cases involve multiple suspects). Not all of them...

City eyes code violators

There is a crack pipe on a table and a broken mirror scribbled with gang rhetoric reading, "5 poppin', 6 droppin'." A deflated air mattress covered in insulation ripped from the ceiling is a make-shift bed -- and it...

Little Washington neighbors reunite

Doreatha Macklin bows her head and begins the blessing. From a tent a few hundred feet behind her, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's, "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You," plays softly over her prayer. "These are...

Literacy Connections to ask commissioners to reconsider

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday could be asked to reappropriate the $27,000 for staffing that they chopped from the Literacy Connections of Wayne County budget just two months ago. Pat Yates, Literacy Connections executive director, is expected to make that...

Steele Memorial Library on county agenda

A capital project ordinance for the Mount Olive Steele Memorial Library project is expected to be created by Wayne County commissioners when they meet Tuesday morning. Commissioners on Aug. 6 awarded the project to the design/build team of Smith...

Woman makes par, then says 'yes'

A few birdies and a good golf game led to an even better day when Alan Hawkins proposed -- successfully -- to his girlfriend -- now fiancee -- Ashleigh Carter, on Hole 7 at the Southern Wayne Country Club....

Council agenda set for meeting

Hours before the deadline passed for the upset bid process on the former Arts Council of Wayne County property, a counter-offer of $630,050 has come in from Pear Properties, LLC topping The Little Bank's updated offer of $600,000. Pear...