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Monday, March 31, 2014

Fighting cancer with clippers

Rosalie and Chad Cobb have helped raise more than $100,000 in the five years they have been organizing the local St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser for children's cancer research. They would not be deterred by rain Saturday. Tents erected outside...

Music makers

Wayne County Public Schools' All-County Band Fest 2014 was held Thursday at Dillard Middle School....

Longtime professor dies at 97

MOUNT OLIVE -- Lorelle Franck Martin, the much-beloved and founding member of the Mount Olive College faculty, died early Sunday following a period of declining health. She was 97. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8...

County will add to loan request

Wayne County commissioners not only will apply for up to an additional $1 million through North Carolina's Eastern Region, they will consider setting aside some of the funds for county projects. Earlier this month commissioners applied for, and received...

Joyner found guilty

Guilty of first-degree murder. After nearly five hours of deliberations that began Thursday afternoon and resumed, after a three-day break, this morning, a jury returned a guilty verdict for Leonard Joyner, 23, in connection with the 2012 murder of...

Commission to take look at department mergers

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning will hold a public hearing on the proposed consolidation of four of the county's volunteer fire service districts. Under the proposal, New Hope and East Wayne fire service districts would merge to become New...

Driver killed in car crash

MOUNT OLIVE -- A 23-year-old Mount Olive woman died in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning just north of town. Crystal L. Grant of Jurney Street was pronounced dead at the scene on U.S. 117 Alternate about three-tenths of...

Guilty

Leonard Eugene Joyner has been found guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping for his role in the Sept. 9, 2012, death of 16-year-old Kennedy McLaurin Jr. For complete details, see today's News-Argus....

Live from the courtroom -- Joyner on trial

Follow all the action unfolding in Courtroom No. 1, as the state attempts to convince a Wayne County jury that Leonard Eugene Joyner is guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in connection with the 2012 death of 16-year-old Kennedy...

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Kennedy McLaurin Jr. timeline

* Sept. 9, 2012 -- Just after 1 p.m., Tonya Prior, a Bain Street resident, calls 911 to report a group of men fighting in a car outside. She tells the operator she heard a gun shot. * Sept. 10,...

Three shot inside city club

A woman shot early Saturday morning inside Sid's Showgirls, a Goldsboro strip club located at 1931 N. William St., was treated and released from Wayne Memorial Hospital, according to a Goldsboro police report. Whitney Sawntrice Kasey, 19, 309 W....

The jury will decide

Barring any unforeseen developments, the 12 Wayne County residents charged with determining the innocence or guilt of one of four men accused of murdering 16-year-old Kennedy McLaurin Jr. Sept. 9, 2012, will deliver their verdict Monday. Leonard Eugene Joyner,...

Major general speaks at benefit in support of base

The anxiety being felt today about what the future may hold for Wayne County and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is no different from what it was in the 1950s, said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Steven L. Kwast....

And he will be taking his chair

After almost 60 years, barber Lee Grantham is hanging up his clippers. And although he is leaving the shop and the generations of customers he has served for decades, one thing is certain. He is taking his chair -- and...

Fremont moves ahead on STEP

FREMONT -- Despite having no contract from the state Department of Commerce for implementation funds, the town of Fremont is pushing forward with its Small Town Economic Prosperity team. At a meeting Tuesday, the STEP team voted to appropriate $10,000...

Helping schools

Wayne County Communities in Schools' "Have a Heart For Kids" fundraiser was held Friday at the home of Judith McMillen....

Wayne County Republicans set their sights on November

Wayne County and North Carolina will be "ground zero" for Republicans if they are to be successful in their efforts to wrest control of the U.S. Senate from the Democrats, Congressman George Holding told local Republicans on Saturday. "Firing"...

Habitat honors donors, volunteers

At its annual recognition luncheon Wednesday, Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro presented eight awards to local businesses and volunteers who have helped the organization over the past year. Receiving the 2013 Gift in Kind Award was Builders Discount Center....

State boosts reward for information

Gov. Pat McCrory and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office have announced a potential $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in connection with a 2013 double homicide in Mount Olive. Tyrone Beamon Jr., 27, and Shaundrea...

Wayne County Democratic Convention Saturday, April 5

The Wayne County Democratic Party will hold its annual convention Saturday, April 5, at 10 a.m. in Courtroom No. 1 at the Wayne County Courthouse. Registration will be held that day prior to 10 a.m. All registered Democrats are invited....

Gathering to celebrate life, fighters

More than 400 people, many of them cancer survivors, packed First Pentecostal Holiness Church on Friday to celebrate the first Cures for the Colors survivors' banquet. The cancer-fighting Cures for the Colors event, sponsored by the non-profit volunteer organization...

Deadline looms on health care sign-up

For years after moving back to Goldsboro, Candice Webb did not have any health insurance. As a self-employed manicurist renting a chair at Nails and More on Spence Avenue, she was responsible for her own insurance. "I spent a...

Friday, March 28, 2014

Theft suspect answers call to stolen phone

When Goldsboro police called the number of a stolen cell phone Wednesday morning, the suspect in a residential break-in answered the call. The suspect, Tamarcus Alonza Sheard, 18, had just been stopped by police called to the area of...

Lawyers deliver final arguments to Joyner trial jury

Assistant District Attorney Matthew Delbridge removed his glasses and took a deep breath. It had only been a few moments since defense attorney Charles Gurley concluded his closing argument with an emotional reading of a quote about liberty and...

Goldsboro sets spring cleanup dates

It's time for spring cleaning, and the city of Goldsboro's Sanitation Division will begin its Annual Spring Cleanup during the month of April to pick up large unwanted items to send to the landfill. This service, provided at no...

Jury gets case

After more than three hours of deliberation, the jury in the first-degree murder trial of Leonard Eugene Joyner, 23, still had not reached a verdict Thursday evening when Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Arnold O. Jones decided to send...

County weighs new ag center plans

A request for qualifications for Wayne County's proposed $12 million regional agriculture center was sent out Wednesday to 14 different architectural firms. The firms have until April 16 at 3 p.m to reply. The contract could be awarded as...

100th birthday

Thelma Cook opens a birthday present at Saulston United Methodist Church as friends and family celebrate her 100th birthday recently. In her time, Mrs. Cook has beaten breast cancer, endured two world wars, lived through 17 United States presidents...

The dream ends for Majesty Rose

Majesty Rose York's run on "American Idol" came to an end Thursday night, as she was the low vote-getter and failed to get the judges only "save" of the season. This marked the third week in a row the singer...

Her many fans in Wayne County remain proud of Majesty

There were no tears from the crowd after the "American Idol" viewing party at the Goldsboro Family Y Thursday night -- only determination. A determination that, though Goldsboro's Idol hopeful, Majesty Rose, was leaving the show, she was not through...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

No verdict yet

They have been deliberating since 2:30 p.m., but the 12 men and women charged with determining the guilt or innocence of one of four men charged with murder in connection with the Sept. 9, 2012, death of 16-year-old Kennedy McLaurin...

City planning to offer trolley rides downtown

Goldsboro residents had a chance to try out a new way of getting around downtown today. A trolley bus, modeled to look like a streetcar, ferried people around downtown, starting at City Hall -- an experiment on a possible new...

The witnesses

Defense witness No. 1: Goldsboro Police Department Det. Dwayne Bevell -- Bevell told the court, after being handed a DVD by defense attorney Charles Gurley, that the disk was dated "9/21/2012" and had the name "Kevin Smith" written on it....

Tensions high in Joyner case

Tensions spilled over outside the courthouse during the lunch recess, when supporters of the Leonard Eugene Joyner incited a verbal altercation with members of Kennedy McLaurin Jr.'s family. Deputies poured into the parking lot to defuse the situation. No punches...

The circus is in town

Ashton Rarick, 34 months old, was all smiles Wednesday night as he and his mom, Erica Rarick, of Goldsboro rode an elephant at the evening performance of the Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars at the Wayne County Fairgrounds....

Defendant says he was scared, acted to protect himself

Kennedy McLaurin Jr. died by his own hand. And it was the fear of nobody believing that fact that prompted Leonard Eugene Joyner to flee the scene of a deadly shooting -- with the 16-year-old's body still in the...

Majesty earns judges' plaudits

Goldsboro was in the spotlight on "American Idol" Wednesday night as contestant Majesty Rose shared a bit more about her hometown. The Top 9 continued their race to the finale in the national competition, with the show's band moved...

Jury to begin deliberations soon

The 12 Wayne County residents charged with determining the guilt or innocence of one of the four men arrested in connection with the alleged Sept. 9, 2012, murder and kidnapping of Kennedy McLaurin Jr. will begin their deliberations at 2:30...

Live from the courtroom -- Joyner on trial

Follow all the action unfolding in Courtroom No. 1, as the state attempts to convince a Wayne County jury that Leonard Eugene Joyner is guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in connection with the 2012 death of 16-year-old Kennedy...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Defense rests

The defense has rested it case in Leonard Eugene Joyner's first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping trial. For more information, see our "Live from the courtroom" coverage on www.NewsArgus.com and Thursday's News-Argus....

The witnesses

State Witness No. 17: Jerome Butts -- Butts told the court that he is 20 years old, but was only 19 the day Kennedy McLaurin Jr. died. He testified that back then, he was, in Assistant District Attorney Matthew Delbridge's...

College: Numbers are up for year

Technology and health-related programs at Wayne Community College, as well as continuing education, continue to draw high enrollment numbers, WCC President Dr. Kay Albertson told the college board of trustees Tuesday night. Spring enrollment for the curriculum programs has...

The state rests

A photograph of a smiling Kennedy McLaurin Jr. was the last thing a Wayne County jury saw Tuesday before the state rested its case against one of the men charged with murder in connection with the 16-year-old's Sept. 9,...

County: School board's proposal won't fly

The Local Government Commission has rejected Wayne County's plan to build two new middle schools through an operating lease agreement with developer Robbie Ferris, president and CEO of SfL+a, an action that could delay the schools' planned August 2015...

Rep. Bell to speak at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE -- State Rep. Larry Bell of Clinton will be the speaker Thursday night for the University of Mount Olive annual Braswell Lecture Thursday. The free event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Raper Building's Southern Bank...

Greenup named Young Careerist

Rhonda Wells Greenup has been selected as the Wayne-Duplin Business and Professional Women's Club Young Careerist Representative. Competition was held during the Wayne-Duplin BPW's monthly meeting on March 6, 2014, at Ribeye's Steakhouse in Mount Olive. Judging was based on...

Crime of the Week

On Monday, Feb. 24 at 10 p.m. an unknown male described as Hispanic, approximately 509, 170, skinny build, entered the Friendly Mart located at 2212 Indian Springs Road at the intersection of Emmaus Church Road with a sawed-off long gun,...

Annual reading battle in progress

Wayne County Public Schools' elementary students will test their reading skills this week in the district's eighth annual Battle of the Books competition and for the first time will have the opportunity to advance to the regional level. The...

Joyner takes the stand

Leonard Eugene Joyner has just taken the stand in his first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping trial. For all the action unfolding in the courtroom, follow our 'Live from the courtroom' feature on www.NewsArgus.com or follow us on Twitter @newsarguscops...

Live from the courtroom -- Joyner on trial

Follow all the action unfolding in Courtroom No. 1, as the state attempts to convince a Wayne County jury that Leonard Eugene Joyner is guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in connection with the 2012 death of 16-year-old Kennedy...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

State rests

The state has rested its case against Leonard Eugene Joyner, one of four men charged in the alleged Sept. 9, 2012 kidnapping and murder of 16-year-old Goldsboro High School student Kennedy McLaurin Jr. For complete coverage of what transpired in...

The witnesses

State witness No. 13: Goldsboro Police Department Det. Dwayne Bevell (continued from Friday) -- Bevell, by answering the questions posed by Assistant District Attorney Matthew Delbridge, reminded the jury that when his testimony was halted Friday afternoon, he was talking...

School board OKs contract

At a special called meeting Monday afternoon, the Wayne County Board of Education approved a contract with Moseley Architects of Morrisville to proceed on renovations and small projects at five district schools. The school board had announced in October...

'He was still alive'

The witnesses agreed that Kennedy McLaurin Jr. was still alive after a gunshot rang out on Bain Street Sept. 9, 2012 -- that the 16-year-old continued to struggle with both the driver and a passenger of the car he was...

All-County Band Festival to be held Thursday

More than 110 band students from 15 middle and high schools will showcase their instrumental talents on Thursday, as Wayne County Public Schools' annual All-County Band Festival is held at Dillard Middle School at 7 p.m. Accomplished professionals are...

Live from the courtroom -- Joyner on trial

Follow all the action unfolding in Courtroom No. 1, as the state attempts to convince a Wayne County jury that Leonard Eugene Joyner is guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in connection with the 2012 death of 16-year-old Kennedy...

Monday, March 24, 2014

Prosecution to continue in Joyner murder trial

The lead investigator in the 2012 death of Kennedy McLaurin is expected to retake the stand this morning in Wayne County Superior Court as the trial continues for one of the men accused in the 16-year-old's alleged murder. Goldsboro police...

Lawmakers back county jail plans

Members of Wayne County's legislative delegation say they not only support the state giving the county the former Wayne Correctional Center for use as a jail, but that they would look favorably on possibly exempting the county from having...

Hwy 55 franchise now in Middle East

MOUNT OLIVE -- Andy's burger has officially gone international. A company based out of the United Arab Emirates, Allied Brothers Co., has opened up the first Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries not located in the United States. The...

Board to move on new center

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday are expected to take the next step in developing the $12 million Wayne County Regional Agriculture Center. Interim County Manager George Wood told commissioners at their March 11 session that the project, which has been...

Live from the courtroom - Joyner on trial

Follow all the action unfolding in Courtroom No. 1, as the state attempts to convince a Wayne County jury that Leonard Eugene Joyner is guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in connection with the 2012 death of 16-year-old Kennedy...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mount Olive police officer injured in line of duty

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Mount Olive police officer was injured when he was dragged by a van he had stopped for a traffic violation, according to Chief of Police Brian Rhodes. The incident occurred March 16 at the intersection...

McLaurin investigation detailed in court

Time and time again, Leonard Eugene Joyner swore he had nothing to do with it. But Goldsboro Police Department Det. Dwayne Bevell wasn't convinced. So he kept asking him to "tell the truth" -- shouting expletives and using words...

Joyner on trial -- Friday's testimony

State witness No. 12: Goldsboro Police Department crime scene investigator Cpl. Trevor Albaugh -- Albaugh told the court that he first became involved in the McLaurin case Sept. 20, 2012, when he was called on to assist at a crime...

Commissioners will eye school funding Tuesday

Requests for the release of more than $8 million for Wayne County Public Schools projects will be before Wayne County commissioners when they meet Tuesday. The requests, which are part of the board's consent agenda, are being made by...

Salvation Army will sell BBQ this week

For some good food, and to help needy people in this community at the same time, stop by for a barbecue dinner at the Salvation Army March 27. The organization's annual barbecue fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to...

Council allows city to apply for TIGER grant

The Goldsboro City Council ended its two-day retreat session Friday afternoon with a 4-3 vote in favor of applying for the next round of TIGER grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The decision was made to apply...

Pickle Princess Court to be chosen March 29

The N.C. Pickle Festival is almost here, but first, the N.C. Pickle Princess Court has to be chosen. Scheduled for March 29 at 6 p.m. in the Paramount Theatre, the 14th Annual 2014 N.C. Pickle Princess Pageant will choose 13...

Friday, March 21, 2014

University of Mount Olive unveils its new logo to students

The building chords of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" gave a dramatic opening to the unveiling of a new modern logo for the recently renamed University of Mount Olive. The crowd stood and clapped when the curtains were pulled off the...

Testimony continues in Joyner murder trial

Testimony in the murder case against Leonard Eugene Joyner Thursday turned to the day when investigators got the answer to the question, "Where is Kennedy McLaurin?" North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Agent Justin Godwin described the discovery of...

City leaders eye future plans

The Goldsboro City Council and city department managers spent most of the first day of a two-day retreat working on a city planning exercise designing the ideal city layout. The retreat, held Thursday and today at the Public Works...

Majesty needs your support; here's how to help

Voting begins when the show does, with several options online and via phone or text. The phone number to cast votes for her is 855-4 IDOL 07 or 1-855-443-6507. Online, Majesty fans can use "SuperVoteTM" through Facebook at www.americanidol.com/vote or...

Majesty survives one more round

Thursday night's results show on "American Idol" turned out to be another nail-biter, as Majesty Rose again wound up in the bottom three. She was the second one put on the hot seat at the bottom of the hour, joining...

Live from the courtroom -- Joyner on trial

Follow all the action unfolding in Courtroom No. 1, as the state attempts to convince a Wayne County jury that Leonard Eugene Joyner is guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in connection with the 2012 death of 16-year-old Kennedy...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Witness tells court: It was 'just drug deal'

It was supposed to be a drug deal -- a 16-year-old exchanging a bag of marijuana for a stack of money. But when Kennedy McLaurin Jr. stepped out of Antonio King's car and walked away to make the transaction,...

Sample ballots set for primary

Sample ballots for the May 6 primary are now available on the Wayne County Board of Elections' website. Also, Monday was the first day that absentee ballots could be mailed out for the primary. Changes to election laws that...

Second suspect charged in burglary ring

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested a second suspect in a pair of Wayne County break-ins after catching up with the first suspect Thursday afternoon, according to a press release. Investigators charged Alex Clay Jones, 19, 1575 Old Mount...

Attorneys make opening statements in Leonard Joyner murder trial

Assistant District Attorney Matthew Delbridge took just 3 minutes and 17 seconds in his opening statement Wednesday to sum up for a Wayne County Superior Court jury the last moments of Kennedy McLaurin Jr.'s life. "He knew he was...

Inmate escapes; injures officer

An inmate in the Wayne County Jail on rape and other charges escaped from his cell Feb. 12, injuring a female officer in the process. David Jacob Lambert, 28, 950 Herring Road, also briefly held the officer captive in...

Majesty sings live for judges

Majesty Rose received better reviews this week from the "American Idol" judges, but will it be enough to keep her in the competition? Finding herself in the bottom three last week, even though she wasn't sent home, definitely had...

Live from the courtroom - Joyner on trial

Follow all the action unfolding in Courtroom No. 1, as the state attempts to convince a Wayne County jury that Leonard Eugene Joyner is guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in connection with the 2012 death of 16-year-old Kennedy...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Let's go fly a kite

Sid Lancaster, 6, of Pikeville launches his kite toward the sky during Let's Go Fly a Kite! day at the Charles B. Aycock Birthplace in Fremont on Saturday.  The historical site is the ideal location for kite flying because...

Jury seated

He won't use fingerprints. He won't produce DNA evidence or a murder weapon. Instead, Assistant District Attorney Matthew Delbridge will try the case against Leonard Eugene Joyner "old school style." Opening arguments do not begin until today, but the...

Solar farm plans advance in Fremont

FREMONT -- The Fremont Board of Aldermen approved two measures at its meeting this week paving the way for a solar farm off Firetower Road. The first measure amended a zoning ordinance to allow the town to vary required setbacks...

City sets annual retreat agenda

The Goldsboro City Council will begin its two-day retreat Thursday at the Goldsboro Public Works Complex on Clingman Street to discuss an array of issues affecting the city. The retreat will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday and Friday with...

Extension agent wins several awards

Wayne County family and consumer sciences extension agent Christine Smith has received three coveted awards for her extension work. They were presented during the recent Extension Conference in Raleigh. The awards were judged by the North Carolina Federation of...

Majesty Rose says week 'stressful' after 'American Idol' close call

This past week has been an emotional roller coaster for "American Idol" contestant Majesty Rose. She made the Top 10, guaranteeing herself a spot on the show's "Live Tour" this summer, but not before spending half of Thursday night's results...

Live from the courtroom - Joyner on trial

Follow all the action unfolding in Courtroom No. 1, as the state attempts to convince a Wayne County jury that Leonard Eugene Joyner is guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in connection with the 2012 death of 16-year-old Kennedy...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Jury set

Leonard Joyner does not yet know his fate, but he does know which 12 men and women will determine it. The jury for his first-degree murder trial has been set and two alternates are currently being selected. For complete details...

Driver dies of injuries

A 19-year-old man involved in a car accident Monday morning on U.S. 70 near Elroy Fire Department died Monday about 6:15 p.m. at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, authorities said today. According to the N.C. Highway Patrol, Tyrese Best...

Fifteen get prison time in meth arrests

RALEIGH -- U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced the recent sentencing of a group of defendants in an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force prosecution focusing on methamphetamine production in Johnston, Sampson and Wayne counties. Four of the 15...

Trial moves forward

Jury selection began today in Wayne County Superior Court for the first-degree murder trial of Leonard Eugene Joyner, 23. Joyner is charged in the 2012 murder of Kennedy Fitzgerald McLaurin Jr., 16 -- a crime to which three other...

Group arrested in home invasion

The Goldsboro Police Department captured three men and two women in a St. Patrick's Day home invasion gone awry. Police arrested Navone Rashon Carter, 26, of Dudley, Christopher Dixon, 22, of Kinston, Victor Troy Exum, 46, of Goldsboro, Amy...

Council defers grant decision

The Goldsboro City Council deferred a decision Monday night on whether to apply for a second $10 million federal grant to help improve downtown. Goldsboro Mayor Al King asked that the discussion be deferred to allow him time to review...

Special Olympians earn state basketball medals

Special Olympic Wayne County athletes recently earned 12 gold, 12 silver and four bronze medals during the 2014 State Basketball Competition, held in Smithfield. They participated in 5-on-5, 3-on-3 and individual skills competitions. The 3-on-3 Wayne Flyers, coached by...

Man shot during house party

A Dudley man shot in the abdomen at a party Sunday is recovering at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, according to a Wayne County sheriff's report. Dylan Daughtry Jacobs, 21, 222 Gable Drive, told investigators he was involved in...

Trial begins

Leonard Joyner, one of four men charged with murder in connection with the death of 16-year-old Kennedy McLaurin, has entered Courtroom No. 1 and is seated beside his attorney. Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones has also taken his seat and...

Monday, March 17, 2014

Driver hurt in crash

A 19-year-old driver was injured this morning when the car he was driving left U.S. 70 and flipped three times. N.C. Highway Patrol officers said they could not identify the victim, nor provide his condition, since his family had...

Kennedy McLaurin murder case update

Jury selection in the trial of Leonard Joyner -- one of the men charged in the 2012 murder and kidnapping of Kennedy McLaurin Jr. -- is not scheduled to begin until Tuesday, but sources with knowledge of the proceedings...

Wearing of the green

Carver Elementary School kindergarten students Carson Barwick and Tripp Joyner look inside their leprechaun traps to see if they captured an Irish fairy this morning. The bait was set out over the weekend with hopes of catching a meddling...

Chiropractor named national president

Dr. Anthony Hamm of Hamm Chiropractic Associates in Goldsboro has been elected president of the American Chiropractic Association. The announcement was made at the organization's recent annual meeting, held in Washington, D.C. During his upcoming two-year term, Hamm will...

Man, 24, charged in carjacking

A Goldsboro man has been charged in connection with a carjacking that took place Saturday morning outside of Sid's Showgirls on William Street. Terrell Prince James, 24, of 112 E. Elm St., was charged by Goldsboro police with felony...

County seeks qualifications

Wayne County is sending out a request for qualifications for architects interested in designing its proposed $12 million regional agriculture center. Commissioners approved the process last week after Interim County Manager George Wood told them the design is needed...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Murder trial set to start Monday

A man accused of being part of the plot to kill Kennedy McLaurin in September 2012 will go on trial for first-degree murder Monday in Wayne County Superior Court. A last-minute effort by the defense lawyer for Leonard Joyner...

City looks into what to expect if Majesty wins

Majesty Rose just made the cut for the Top 10 on "American Idol" this past week, but the city of Goldsboro is making preparations for the possibility that she'll go all the way. If she makes it to the...

Airborne trash ignites New Hope auto shop

A fire that destroyed Unlimited Car Repair Service on New Hope Road Saturday began when burning trash from a fire barrel blew out of the barrel and ignited grass behind the auto shop, firefighters said. New Hope Fire Chief...

Council to weigh rezoning requests for new Walmarts

A public hearing will be held during the Goldsboro City Council meeting Monday night for comments on the annexation for the site of the proposed Walmart Express at the corner of Wayne Memorial Drive and Tommy's Road. The annexation...

New local charter school on track for August debut

The county's newest charter school is on track to open in August, with a site secured and applications being accepted for both students and administrators. A series of community meetings are also taking place through the month to provide...

County plans board retreat

Budget planning and laying the groundwork for finding a permanent county manager will be the focus of a daylong planning retreat Wayne County commissioners have scheduled for April 8. Some time will be set aside as well for commissioners...

Seminar will cover stepfamily concerns

Marriage is hard enough when it's just two people, just starting out, says Sherry Jennings, marriage and family life pastor at The Bridge. Add a couple of children on each side and a whole new set of challenges emerges,...

Their fish stories

Anglers lined the shores of the Neuse and Little rivers Saturday hoping to catch the biggest fish -- and a prize. There were plenty of categories to qualify for at the 2014 Shad Tournament, which is sponsored by EZ...

Student's efforts to continue; this time to build new school

Last June Katie Johnson held the first 5K for the people of the village of Kiruani in Tanzania with the goal of raising enough money to dig a well in the village. The first run was held in downtown...

Republican convention to be held March 29

The Wayne County Republican Convention will be March 29 at the Wayne Center at 208 W. Chestnut St. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. for registration. Registration closes at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $4. Precinct meetings will start immediately...

Longtime educator honored with scholarship in her name

As a young girl Delores Simmons Johnson knew that she had a burning desire to attend college. But she knew as well that her resources were limited -- her main source of income came from picking cotton and working...

Red Cross sets blood drives

Here is the April blood drive schedule for the Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross: * April 3 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for city employees at the Public Works Maintenance Center. * April 8 from 9...

Wayne Country Day student earns honor

For the first time in the school's history, Wayne Country Day School has a National Achievement Scholar, a program that recognizes black American high school students. Senior standout Karis Hawkins recently learned that she is among the approximately 800...

Rabies clinics planned for April

The handful cases of rabies reported annually in Wayne County tend to spike in spring and summer when people and their pets are out more often, said Vicki Falconer, Wayne Country Animal Control director. To help better protect pets,...

Friday, March 14, 2014

Schools decide make-up schedule

Out of snow make-up day options, Wayne County Public Schools is calling for a Saturday make-up day to keep graduation and testing schedules on time, officials said Thursday. This is the third time in recent weeks the school system...

WCPS students get chance to share artwork with public

This time of year, the Berkeley Mall corridor becomes an exhibit of artwork and projects representing students in Wayne County Public Schools. The community is invited to see the showcase representing the areas of visual arts, English as a...

Second suspect sought in case

A second suspect is being sought in the Feb. 25 shooting of Demetrius Montray Kornegay, 29, outside his residence at 105-B S. Harding Drive. Kornegay survived a severe gunshot wound to the leg after being flown to Vidant Medical...

Commissioners' D.C. trip sets county back $12,000

It cost Wayne County $12,187.15 for commissioners to attend the National Association of Counties' annual legislative conference held Feb. 28 through March 5 in Washington, D.C. Registration for each commissioner was $515. The county paid for Commissioner Ray Mayo...

Phew, Top 10

It doesn't get much closer than 0.07 percent. But that slim margin helped Goldsboro's Majesty Rose secure the final spot in the "American Idol" Top 10 Thursday evening and a place on show's summer tour. For the first time...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tata eyes future of roads, rail, BRAC

North Carolina Transportation Secretary Tony Tata was in Goldsboro on Wednesday to talk about the state's new formula for prioritizing and funding projects. But when it came time for questions, local leaders were more interested in Tata's thoughts on...

Famed Florida coach speaks at FCA banquet

Bobby Bowden still packs a heck of a wallop. The second-winningest head coach in college football history filled the house beyond capacity at Walnut Creek Country Club, bringing in 430 people Wednesday night to hear him speak at a...

New grant will focus on help for families

The Wayne County Health Department is receiving a three-year grant to work with young families and still anticipating plans for a new facility, the health director told the Board of Health on Wednesday. There was not a meeting last month,...

UMO raises $15,000 at 'Glitz'

The 2014 Winter Glitz at the University of Mount Olive raised just over $15,000 for student scholarships. Nearly 200 people attended this year's event. The Winter Glitz is one of the Alumni Association's larger fundraisers. Both live and silent...

Voice workshop planned

A "Getting Paid to Talk" voice workshop will be held Monday, March 24, at Herman Park Center, presented by Voice Coaches of New York. The voice-over industry is a growing one, said Warren Garling, director of marketing with Voice...

Art show opens Saturday at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE -- The opening reception for the Cheryl Hinton Hooks Art Exhibition will be held Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Teresa Pelt Grubbs Fine Arts Gallery, in Laughinghouse Hall, 500 Herring Drive. The exhibition...

Majesty picks Disney song; results tonight

Tune in tonight to "American Idol" to see if Majesty Rose will be in the Top 10 and going on the show's summer tour. The hometown contestant earned mixed reviews Wednesday for her performance of the Oscar-winning song "Let...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Rouse pleading not guilty in crash

Ray Norman Rouse IV, 35, of Raleigh, pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, death by motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated in Wake County Court Monday. Rouse is charged in the deaths of Ormond Jackson Bailey,...

Princeton mayor is running for Statehouse

Six-term Princeton Mayor Don Rains has filed as a Democratic candidate for the N.C. Senate District 10 seat representing Johnston, Sampson and Duplin counties. He will face incumbent District 10 Sen. Brent Jackson, a Republican from Autryville in Sampson...

Majesty loves getting letters

The journey for Majesty Rose to make Top 10 on "American Idol" continues tonight, but there are two things Goldsboro can send its hometown contestant besides votes -- prayers and mail. "You can tell Goldsboro to pray for me...

Local company makes fitness part of work

The dress code at Goldsboro Builders Supply has been updated recently. The company shirt and slacks are still mandatory, but lately, a few pedometers and bright athletic shoes have made their way into the office environment. As partners with...

County wants state to waive jail rules

Wayne County commissioners not only want the state to give the county the former Wayne Correctional Center property for use as a jail, they want to be exempt from having to bring the old prison up to state jail...

City plans 'Beak Week'

A new festival is coming to Goldsboro in September to celebrate Wayne County's poultry industry. The festival, "Beak Week," is a play on Bike Week in Myrtle Beach and is expected to bring more people into the community, city officials...

Video chats helping mental patients at Wayne Memorial Hospital

Faced with a continuous backlog of mental health patients in its emergency department, Wayne Memorial Hospital is taking part in a new state effort to provide telepsychiatry services throughout eastern North Carolina. Since the end of January, about 30...

Good day for fishing

Bobby Whitley Jr. of Shine casts his line into the pond at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park Monday afternoon. Whitley and his father, Bobby Whitley Sr., were taking advantage of the warm weather by fishing. He said, "This...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

WIC voucher program picked to go paperless

The WIC, or Women, Infants and Children, program at the Wayne County Health Department has been chosen to participate in a pilot program designed to streamline the process for participants to receive their benefits. The office is implementing "Crossroads," a...

Airman shot in traffic stop

The father of an airman shot by an Opelika, Ala., police officer says his son suffered serious injuries to his stomach and colon and might never fully recover from his injuries. Billy Davidson said his son, 20-year-old Michael Darrett...

Pikeville votes to designate historic area

PIKEVILLE -- The Pikeville Town Board agreed Monday to create a historic district in the town. Board members will designate the area that includes all of Southwest and Northwest Railroad Street, all of Southeast Railroad Street and a half...

Watch Majesty's performance this week, and vote

A viewing party is planned Wednesday at Wayne Community College, with a pep rally from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and viewing the show from 8 to 10 p.m. The first 50 people through the door will again receive Majesty...

Murder trial to begin Monday

A motion by the defense attorney for a change of venue in the upcoming murder trial of one of the defendants in the Kennedy McLaurin murder case has been denied. Defense attorney Charles Gurley filed the motion Monday in...

Council picks spot for center

The Goldsboro City Council approved plans Monday night calling for renovations to Mina Weil Park and Herman Park, including the location of a new W.A. Foster Center at the former site. The Council unanimously approved both conceptual plans after twice...

'Da bear' at Cliffs of Neuse

Visitors to Cliffs of the Neuse State Park will get to see a real black bear up close -- and they won't have to worry about being attacked. The bear has been prepared by a taxidermist and mounted on...

Monday, March 10, 2014

Grant to make health focus of pathway planning

The core planning group for the Goldsboro pedestrian transportation plan met Thursday with health professionals from Wayne Memorial Hospital as well as the Goldsboro Family Y to discuss the health aspects of the plan. The pedestrian plan will encompass...

Bank finishing land deal

City officials say The Little Bank is finishing up final details before closing the contract on the purchase of the property at the corner of Ash Street and Spence Avenue. The Little Bank agreed to pay $700,000 for the...

Farming fun day planned for 2nd graders

Wayne County Public Schools second-graders will have the opportunity later this month to learn firsthand what farming is all about. It is a lesson the event's sponsors hope the children will share with their families. Members of the county's...

Majesty party planned at WCC Wednesday

Wayne Community College will continue its support of "American Idol" contestant Majesty Rose this week, opening its doors to the public for a viewing party during the show's airing on Wednesday evening. The former student at the college is currently...

Farmers: Cold, rain need to go away soon

Tractors and equipment that should be out in the field are instead sitting idle or are in farm shops for repair and maintenance as farmers wait for milder and drier weather. The bitter cold and its mix of rain, snow,...

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Shypulefski files for Butterfield seat in Congress

Brent Shypulefski, 43, of Rocky Mount, has filed as a Republican candidate for North Carolina's District 1 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Shypulefski will face Arthur Rich of Garland in the May 6 Republican primary. The winner...

No word on possible store closings

Staples, Inc. and RadioShack officials have declined comment on whether or not their Goldsboro stores will be affected by the companies' announced closures of stores nationwide. RadioShack plans to close up to 1,100 "poorly performing" stores and Staples 225...

Mount Olive chamber planning 'Mingle'

The second Mount Olive Chamber Mingle sponsored by the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce and the University of Mount Olive is scheduled for March 19 starting at 6 p.m. in the Kornegay Arena hospitality room on the UMO...

DGDC board president sees downtown progress

mcaulder@newsargus.com With stacks of files crowding her office, a bid in for a new, more stressful job and a spoiled Shetland sheepdog, Chance, at home, Assistant District Attorney Terry Light isn't lacking for anything else to soak up her time....

Man misses brake, hits local barbecue spot

jellerbrock@newsargus.com A man drove a pickup truck into Wilber's Barbecue Friday night at around 7:53 p.m. causing $3,000 to the well-known establishment located at 4172 U.S. 70 East. Scottie Lemont Rodgers, 51, of 202 Bright St., was maneuvering the truck...

Seymour Johnson AFB support effort starts

mcaulder@newsargus.com The newly resurrected Seymour Support Council, operating as the Friends of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, will hold its inaugural ball March 29 at the Walnut Creek Country Club. The gala will include dinner, a silent auction and presentations...

Idols in the making

ELLERBROCK jellerbrock @newsargus.com Savannah Shoemake had the student body of Eastern Wayne Middle wishing they were 23. As part of her encore performance at "Warrior Idol", Eastern Wayne Middle's local answer to "American Idol" held Friday afternoon, Miss Shoemake's rendition...

Weather slows construction

mcaulder@newsargus.com Despite an unusually rainy July, two major winter storms and ice overnight Monday construction is moving ahead, mostly on schedule, for a host of new businesses in Goldsboro. "We are about a week behind schedule," said Dean Smith, the...

Conlon files for 13th Congressional District

Virginia Conlon of Raleigh has filed as a Democratic candidate for North Carolina's 13th Congressional District seat. The 13th District includes most of Wayne County and a major portion of Goldsboro. It also includes parts of central and northern...

Commissioners planning to discuss furniture for new Mount Olive library

sherring@newsargus.com Wayne County commissioners Tuesday will consider a proposal to purchase furniture for the new Mount Olive Steele Memorial Library that is expected to open in May. An agenda briefing will start at 8 a.m. followed by the formal session...

City Council to continue parks discussion

mcaulder@newsargus.com The master plans for Mina Weil Park and Herman Park are back on the Goldsboro City Council's agenda for Monday night after council members tabled the decision to accept them in February. Dissension about the future of the parks...

Murder suspect charged in second shooting

jjoyce@newsargus.com Charges continue to pile up for a Pikeville man who has been in jail on suspicion of murder since late December. Nebraska Raheem Best, 23, 707 Decoy Drive, currently in the Wayne County Jail awaiting trial in connection with...

Friday, March 7, 2014

WCPS to ask state to use lottery funds

The Wayne County Board of Education Thursday night voted to ask Wayne County commissioners to support its application to the state to release $6.1 million in lottery funds to help fund $12.3 million in school renovation projects. The school...

Majesty Rose makes it through to next week's 'American Idol' live show

Majesty Rose is now in the Top 11 on "American Idol." She learned the status Thursday on the live results show. The announcement came at the midway point of the hour-long show. Majesty was in the second group of four...

Members remember Mrs. Smith's service to board, students

A single, long-stem red rose lay next to Thelma Smith's name plate at her seat at the Wayne County Board of Education Thursday night. It was, Superintendent Dr. Steve Taylor said during the board's Thursday night meeting, a fitting...

Help firefighters Fill the Boot this weekend

The Goldsboro Fire Department, El-Roy Volunteer Fire Department and the Rosewood Volunteer Fire Department will be outside Wal-Mart today, Saturday and Sunday as they hold their annual Fill the Boot campaign. Their efforts provide a summer camp experience for...

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Medicine collection is planned

The Goldsboro Police Department, in partnership with Project Safe Kids, is kicking off National Poison Prevention Week with Operation Medicine Drop -- four dates at four separate sites where residents can turn in prescription and over-the-counter medicines for proper...

Ready for weather

Since March 2-8 is designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week in North Carolina, students at Greenwood Middle School line the halls to practice what to do in case of an approaching storm. The Wednesday morning tornado drill not only...

Mania for Majesty

Majesty Mania kicked off at Wayne Community College Wednesday night, as friends, relatives, classmates and fans turned out to watch the local contestant perform on "American Idol." The viewing party was set up in Moffatt Auditorium. Prior to the...

County seeking heating funds

Officials with the Wayne County Department of Social Services hope to learn within a few days if their request for additional federal Crisis Intervention Program funding has been approved. As of Tuesday, the county had only $31,000 remaining in...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Mount Olive seeking transportation plan approval

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Town Board began the rounds of approval needed for the Mount Olive Comprehensive Transportation Plan to be filed with the state Department of Transportation during its town board meeting Monday. The plan will...

Driver takes out hydrant

A 70-year-old woman took out a city-owned fire hydrant at Beech Street and North Audubon Avenue Monday when she swerved to avoid colliding with another vehicle, according to a Goldsboro police accident report. Julie Talton Bridgers, of 2001 Granville...

Wayne on coal ash pond list

In light of the recent coal ash spill into the Dan River from a Duke Energy coal ash pond the Neuse River Keepers say now is the time to focus on the H.F. Lee Energy Complex coal ash pond in...

Community marks Lent

For local Christians, the season of Lent, which begins today, is about quiet reflection and re-invigorating their commitment to God. "What are the areas in our life that need to be shaped, formed, chopped off or created?" asked the...

Singer's focus is 'home' tonight

"American Idol" contestant Majesty Rose has done remarkably well adjusting to being on a national talent show and all that entails -- wardrobe fittings, rehearsals and a frenetic schedule as part of the Top 12. But that doesn't mean...

Shots fired at KFC on Ash Street

Shots rang out near the Kentucky Fried Chicken at 700 E. Ash St., just before 11:30 a.m. Monday. A KFC employee working the drive-through window witnessed what she said was a shoot-out between two people. According to a Goldsboro...

Council puts parks plans on hold until after retreat

The Goldsboro Parks and Recreation director said he is waiting for more direction following the Goldsboro City Council's decision to remove the preliminary site plans for city parks from its consent agenda at its Feb. 17 meeting. "I am...

Group finds success in mission

Four months have gone by since the Outlaw Foundation officially started in October, and in that time, it has raised $50,000 and helped at least seven families affected by cancer. That forward momentum will be continued in two weeks...

Car on fire

The Goldsboro Fire Department, Station 2 Engine 2, battles a car fire in front of Citi Trends retail store on North Berkeley Boulevard, Tuesday. Sharon Henderson, of Goldsboro, said she just had her Pontiac Grand Prix worked on days...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

University of Mount Olive plans to offer special education degree

The University of Mount Olive will expand its course offerings with a new major -- special education -- starting in the fall of 2014 because of an increased need for certified special education teachers throughout North Carolina. Dr. Craig...

Major thoroughfares get early attention

Wayne County residents woke up to a coating of ice on city and county streets and roads today, causing problems for many morning commuters. The sleet and freezing rain that fell overnight layered roadways in black ice, Public Works...

Slip-sliding away: Wayne County residents wake up to ice-covered roads

A winter weather advisory remained in effect until noon today as residents tried to cope with the aftermath of the latest wintery blast to hit the area in just weeks. Another "big system" of what is expected to be just...

Health Department gets state award for workplace safety

Three years ago, the Wayne County Health Department earned the distinction of becoming the first health department in the state recognized in the Carolina Star safety program. On Monday, Wayne County's agency became the first health department in North...

Grant to fund five new buses

The GATEWAY transportation system is seeking a grant to help buy five new buses in the next fiscal year. The Goldsboro City Council recently gave GATEWAY Executive Director Lynn Lamberth permission to seek the grant. The five new buses are...

Annual community Lent services start Wednesday

Goldsboro's annual Community Lent services start Wednesday. They will be held at noon at Madison Avenue Baptist Church, and are sponsored by Clergy Living in Faith and Fellowship. This year's theme is "Unifying The Kingdom of God." The topic...

Monday, March 3, 2014

Wayne County in path of more winter weather

March came in like a lamb over the weekend, but is roaring back like a lion today as a cold front and moisture will bring yet another blast of winter weather with sleet and freezing rain to the area....

Board to appoint new member

The weekend passing of a seated school board member leaves the district in "new territory" in having to name a replacement. Thelma Smith, who has represented District 3 since 1996, died on Saturday, leaving a vacant seat on the...

City needs approval before bids open

The city of Goldsboro is waiting on final approval from the Federal Transit Administration to become an official grantee before opening bidding on the next phase of Streetscape. Before using the $10 million in TIGER grant funding from the U.S....

Doctors: Flu bug, it's not over yet

Flu season is not over, although in recent weeks cases have leveled off across the state, with officials still calling for preventive measures and awareness. Influenza and flu-like symptoms can still present themselves into the spring and the ailment is...

Trail troubles

If you are thinking about heading out to Cliffs of the Neuse to do some hiking, you may have to do a little rerouting. Some of the steps and the wooden bridge leading to the Bird and Galax trails are...

Sunday, March 2, 2014

WCC plans bash to support Majesty this Wednesday

Wayne Community College, where "American Idol" contestant Majesty Rose was a student after graduating from Eastern Wayne High School in 2010, will hold its first viewing party for the public to watch the show collectively this week. "American Idol...

STEP team meeting

FREMONT -- The Fremont Small Town Economic Prosperity team is still waiting on a contract from the state Department of Commerce for the $100,000 it has been promised to implement its economic prosperity projects. The projects must be completed...

Blooming bottles

Aaliyah Bryant, 9, left, and Jeremiah Gaines, 10, watch as Bryant Holsenbeck, an environmental artist with the North Carolina Touring Artists, demonstrates a painting technique at North Drive Elementary School. Fourth-grade students participated in the project last week as...

Primary deadline passes with no more candidates

Voters who go to the polls for the May 6 primary will find a ballot heavy with national, and to a lesser degree, state races, but offering no battles on the county level. After a flurry of activity on...

Officers arrest three in $500,000 drug bust

Three Goldsboro men have been charged with drug trafficking of more than 400 grams of crack cocaine valued at about $500,000, local law enforcement officials say. Anthony Velasquez, 35, 208-D Benton St., Michael Scott Pore, 35, 208-D Benton St.,...

Two new stores coming to city

The Goldsboro City Council is expected to approve a number of planning requests at its meeting Monday night including site plans for a Dick's Sporting Goods and a PetSmart. The new 55,000-square-foot building would be constructed on the vacant lot...

Thelma Smith passes

Wayne County Board of Education member and veteran educator Thelma Faison Smith died Saturday morning at Kitty Askins Hospice Center. She was 78. As news of her passing filtered out into the community, she was remembered as someone who worked...

Senior Games to be held in May

The popular Senior Games are coming up in May and to kick off the festivities, participants have an opportunity to get registration information Friday at the Senior Health Fair. The Health Fair will feature blood pressure and skin cancer checks,...

Battle of the Books champs

Norwayne Middle School won the Wayne County Public Schools Battle of the Books. The team will now move on to the regional Battle of the Books competition April 11 at Northside High School in Jacksonville. From left, back row,...

City pedestrian plan meeting draws new ideas from public

The core planning group for the Goldsboro pedestrian transportation plan met Thursday to gather ideas from the community. The pedestrian plan will encompass greenways, sidewalks and bicycle transportation. It will build off the Stoney Creek corridor as well as branching...

Taking aim at strokes

Wayne County's new vascular surgeon has his sights set on making his new community healthier, through education and new procedures designed to lower what is the community's No. 3 cause of death -- strokes. And that requires keeping an eye...