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Monday, June 30, 2014

Tyler's 'super' friends

In Tyler's world, super heroes exist. The most maniacal villain can be defeated with a vibranium shield, rage-fueled strength or web-shooters. There is no such thing as devastation. Cancer is just another word. But the 6-year-old's parents outgrew their innocence...

Joe Gurley set to be sworn in

Joe Gurley, the retired director of the Wayne County Office of Emergency Services, will take the oath of office as the District 4 member of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. Gurley will be sworn in by...

Senior cookout

Epicurean Dixon Raphael serves Christine Crank food that was prepared by the Epicurean Club during the 35th annual senior citizens cookout Saturday. More than 100 seniors came out to the Dillard Alumni Cultural Center to enjoy food, entertainment and...

Field Day

Albert Lioen, Wayne County Amateur Radio Association member, adjusts a 10-meter antenna for his satellites before the Amateur Radio Relay Field Day began on Saturday afternoon at Greenwood Middle School. Lioen has been working with radios for 24 years,...

Police charge 39 during campaign

A Governor's Highway Safety Program Booze and Lose It campaign held in Goldsboro Friday revealed 39 violations, including two persons charged with DWI, according to a press release. The Goldsboro Police Department, in conjunction with the Wayne County Sheriff's...

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Heroin: It all starts with the pills in a medicine chest

It starts with a pill from a medicine cabinet or a prescription drug purchased from a dealer on the street. As the addiction takes hold, and the high is harder to cultivate, it doesn’t take much to move to...

Heroin: What about Wayne County?

The Wayne County Sheriff’s office has reported a total of 15 arrests for heroin trafficking or possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin so far in 2014, with one arrest in February, then an average of an arrest...

Heroin: Pharmacists see first hand prescription drug fraud effects

Pharmacists have learned to read the signs. A man comes in to have a prescription for pain medication filled. Something doesn’t seem right — his symptoms seem exaggerated. With just a few phone calls, the pharmacist discovers the same...

Heroin: What is it?

According to the Partnership at Drugfree.org, heroin is a highly addictive depressant derived from the morphine obtained from the opium poppy. Heroin comes in both powder and tar form. The powder can range in color from white to brown;...

Heroin: A guide for parents

Fear stops many parents’ conversations with their children about drugs before they start. Fear of what they might find out. Fear about where the discussion might lead. Fear of what the neighbors, their families or their friends might think....

Heroin: Drug counselor -- Addiction catches all types of people

It could be your nurse. It could be your doctor. It might be your child. No one is immune from becoming an addict, Carolina Treatment Center director Amy Garner said. “Our No. 1 focus is to stop the use...

Saturday, June 28, 2014

John Tart wins FFA award

At 86, Dr. John L. Tart has spent the bulk of his life dedicated to agriculture and education -- including an "unprecedented" two-year stint as state FFA president during World War II. So when the 86th annual FFA State...

Holiday Inn Express opens

The paint is dry, the tile is set and the beds are made. The new Holiday Inn Express, constructed on Sunburst Drive, is now open for business. A little more than a year after work began on the new hotel...

Cornhole state championships held in Goldsboro

Most people know it as a game you play in college with a beer in hand -- but for others cornhole is a hobby they play with a passion. The Goldsboro YMCA hosted the North Carolina State Championships of...

Maj. Gen. Frederick Blesse honored

The list of planes he flew is longer than the average person's grocery list. The number of planes he shot down in combat outnumbers the amount of cars an average person will own in their life. Maj. Gen. Frederick...

GPD makes arrest in shooting

The Goldsboro Police Department announced an arrest Friday in the May 21 shooting of Corey Ramone Best Jr. Best is the nephew of the late Doral Deangelo Best, 42, who was shot and killed outside his home at 101...

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bullet just grazes man on Goldsboro street

A Goldsboro man received only scratches to his inner right calf after being shot at early Thursday. Freddie Antonio Tann, 37, of Rudolph Street, stopped a Goldsboro police officer en route to a shots fired call in 1400 block of...

Kidnapping foiled

The victim is safe and three people are in custody. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office declined to comment further this morning about an alleged kidnapping case it has been actively investigating since Monday night. The Sheriff's Office received information Monday...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Investigators look into suspicious fire

The Goldsboro Police Department is investigating a suspicious fire that destroyed an abandoned house on Royal Avenue early Wednesday. Goldsboro Fire Department Engine 2 was toned out to a structure fire at 707 Royal Ave. at 5:31 a.m., Assistant Fire...

Partnership for Children hopes state plan will include more money for programs

Executive Director of Partnership for Children of Wayne County Charles Ivey would like to see the N.C. Pre-K program expanded. But at this point, he will be happy if state funding keeps things status quo. "We're very hopeful that the...

71-year-old attacked by four pitbulls

A 71-year-old Mar Mac woman is in fair condition at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville today after she and her dog were mauled by a neighbor's four pit bulls early Wednesday morning. Mildred Game, of 114 Country Run Lane, suffered...

Dog attacks -- What does the law say about liability?

* Strict liability -- The owner of a dangerous dog shall be strictly liable in civil damages for any injuries or property damage the dog inflicts upon a person, his property, or another animal. * Penalty for attacks by dangerous...

Reception welcomes new county manager

George Wood has officially moved from interim to full-time Wayne County manager, and a reception was held in his honor on Wednesday afternoon at the Lane Tree Golf Club. "Initially I was brought in to help the county for five...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New school on schedule for August opening day

Wayne Preparatory Academy, the county's new charter school, is on target to open in August, says board chairman Dr. Ken Benton. Since a lottery was held in May to accept students in the new K-4 school, the hiring process has...

Goldsboro finishes up citizen survey on transportation

Traffic delays. That's the top concern by far as the Goldsboro Metropolitan Planning Organization continues to ask Goldsboro residents what they think the top transportation issues are in their community. Tuesday's session, held in the large conference room of the...

Miss NC Beth Stovall

Miss North Carolina 2014 Beth Stovall doesn't have much time to enjoy her new crown. She is already off training for the next step in her journey -- one she hopes will end with a Miss America crown to add...

WCC instructor delivers lecture at national meeting

Tracy Schmeltzer, chair of Wayne Community College's Business and Accounting Department, was a presenter at a national conference for accounting teachers held recently in New Orleans. Mrs. Schmeltzer spoke at the Teachers of Accounting at Two Year Colleges (TATYC) Annual...

Library program geared toward getting boys to pick up a book

Brothers Jaylin and Darius Hinton like to read but admit it can be a challenge. "Being focused, because sometimes when I read I get distracted," said 11-year-old Jaylin. "Sometimes when I read, I get frustrated and I get the words...

GM donates five vehicles to WCC for auto program

General Motors has donated five vehicles to the Wayne Community College for its automotive training program. At WCC, the GM Automotive Service Educational Program, or ASEP, combines classroom, lab and on-the-job learning as well as analytical and technical skills specific...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wayne County Public Schools names new finance officer

A veteran business teacher with 34 years of combined business and education experience, including a previous stint at the district's central office, has been named the new finance officer for Wayne County Public Schools. Beverly Boltinhouse officially takes over the...

Soldier dies during training

A former Rosewood High and Wayne Community College student has been killed during Army training exercises in Southern California. The Army reported Sunday that Pfc. Andrew Sass, 23, was killed at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, about...

Speed enforcement effort is ending

Drivers can relax their grip on the steering wheel this week. Just don't press any harder on the gas pedal. The Goldsboro Police Department operation designed to target speeders in high traffic areas -- known as Operation Safe Speeds --...

City gets offer on property next to theater

The city of Goldsboro is in the process of selling a property near the Paramount Theatre set to be renovated as a restaurant and bar in the coming months. The property, at 101 W. Chestnut St., was an Amoco Station,...

Driver escapes fire that destroyed car

A 19-year-old driver reacted quickly when his 2002 Chevrolet Camaro abruptly shut off while he was driving along N.C. Highway 581 N. Monday. Moments later the car burst into flames. Will Garner, of Goldsboro, pulled into the parking lot of...

Monday, June 23, 2014

Scholarships for Class of 2014 exceed $16.7 million

Financial aid for the Class of 2014 kept pace with previous years, up slightly in the areas of scholarships, grant and work study aid, while the amount of renewable aid dipped slightly. Wayne County Public Schools graduated 1,199 students from...

Former Goldsboro High principal Patricia Burden says he focus will remain teachers and students

Patricia Burden might have been sworn in last month to complete the unexpired term of the late Thelma Smith on the Wayne County Board of Education, but she does not consider herself a replacement for the veteran board member. "Miss...

Commissioners eyeing new limits on comments

Wayne County commissioners last year increased the length of time someone can speak during the public comment portion of their meetings. Last week, they considered cutting the length of time back to three minutes. Commissioners had stretched the time to...

Visiting dancers make stops at local school

Summer campers at School of Goldsboro Ballet are getting a taste of modern dance and Irish dancing from two professional dancers who have toured throughout the United States and all over the world. Kelly Gallagher Fritzinger is an Irish dancer...

Sunday, June 22, 2014

She's on her way

Beth Stovall of Goldsboro was crowned Miss North Carolina 2014 on Saturday night in Raleigh. The pageant featured two contestants from this community, with both making it to the Top 11. In the opening minutes of the show, broadcast...

Woman arrested on two fugitive warrants

A Seven Springs woman wanted on fugitive warrants from Lenoir and Duplin counties is in the Wayne County Jail under a $110,000 secured bond after local authorities charged her with manufacturing methamphetamine. Patricia Parker Fellenbaum, 57, 4736 Highway 55...

Three counts added to heroin charges

A Goldsboro man in the Wayne County Jail on drug trafficking charges since June 6 will now face three additional counts of trafficking heroin, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office press release. Goldsboro/Wayne County Interagency Drug Task Force...

Boilers imploded at plant in Goldsboro

Friday started with a bang when Duke Energy imploded the boilers at the H.F. Lee power plant facility on Old Smithfield Road, part of the utility's ongoing project to replace the coal-fired plant with a more modern system. The...

Crash ends in double fatality

The N.C. State Highway Patrol has completed an investigation into a fatal crash in Duplin County Friday. The accident happened at 4:25 p.m. along the stretch of U.S. Highway 117 known locally as the I-40 connector. Edward Bradshaw, 73,...

Just around the riverbend

A row of turtles sun themselves on a downed tree. A beer bottle bobs against a log. An otter paddles across the river in search of more clams to snack on as a plastic bottle floats by in the...

Architect chosen for new ag center

HH Architecture of Raleigh will design the county's proposed $12 million regional agriculture center, the Wayne County commissioners have decided. Now it will be up to County Manager George Wood and Commissioner Bill Pate, the chairman of the board's...

Camps bring soccer to local youths

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is under way in Sao Paulo, Brazil. As fans the world over pull on their favorite player's jersey, wrap themselves in their nation's flag and hope against hope their team at least makes it...

Wayne County Public Schools sets summer schedule

Now that all the public schools are out for the summer, district offices will shift into the annual summer flex schedule. From June 16 through Aug. 15, Wayne County Public Schools will operate on a 10-hour day, four-day work...

County seniors can get help to battle heat

As the summer temperatures start to climb, one community action agency is paying attention to those who might be adversely affected, the senior population. Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency Inc., or WAGES, oversees Meals on Wheels, a daily...

County office will expand hours to serve veterans five days a week

Effective Tuesday, the Wayne County Veterans Services Office will be open Monday through Friday. Like many of the county offices, Veterans Services has been operating on a four-day workweek since July 2008. It is a matter of customer service,...

Reading camps start July 2 in the county

The Read to Achieve reading camps will begin July 2 and last over a four-week period at 14 elementary schools across Wayne County. Students attending these camps will be taught to improve their reading skills through focusing on five different...

Attorney in line for president of N.C. Bar

When she first started practicing law, she never imagined she would find herself here. Shelby Benton of Benton Family Law in Goldsboro has been named the new president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association on Saturday and will become...

Leader of the flock

Pastor Dann Patrick put much thought and prayer into his departure date from Faith Free Will Baptist Church, where he has served for 33 years. "Someone said there are three ways to leave -- one, you can die; two,...

Archaeological dig at Bentonville set for this week

Geographers and anthropologists from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina A&T State University will join archaeologists from the state Department of Cultural Resources for an archaeological investigation at the Bentonville State Historic Site on Tuesday and...

Friday, June 20, 2014

Evening of storms shakes up county

Power outages remained this morning in some areas of Wayne County and cleanup of fallen tree limbs began after severe thunderstorms moved through parts of the county Thursday night and this morning. According to the National Weather Service in...

Another Sheetz coming to area

Just months after the first Sheetz fuel station opened in Goldsboro, work is set to begin on another station planned in the city limits. The new Sheetz will be built on the southeast corner at the intersection of U.S....

City opens up the sprinklers

Sirahji Hill, 5, and Nemyree Barnes, 6, dance around beneath a sprinkler set up by the Goldsboro Fire Department downtown on Thursday afternoon. The cousins say they try never to miss a chance to play in the sprinkler. The...

University of Mount Olive offers new bachelor's degree program

MOUNT OLIVE -- The University of Mount Olive will launch a new bachelor's degree program this fall that university officials say will offer students the opportunity to strengthen their communication and critical-thinking skills and gain an insightful world view....

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wayne County Public Schools recognize 62 retirees

Sixty-two retirees were recognized recently for their service to Wayne County Public Schools. The annual reception was held Friday at the Goldsboro Country Club, with each recipient presented with a plaque of appreciation. This year's event was especially bittersweet...

Police look into shooting reports

Goldsboro police are investigating two overnight shootings. Sir Calvin Jamez Johnson, 17, of 1406 Adams St., was struck in the foot and buttocks when he was shot while walking along the 500 block of Olivia Lane shortly after midnight...

To travel or not to travel?

If you plan on leaving Wayne County this summer for a brief respite from day-to-day life, you aren't the only one, and according to AAA, you are most likely heading to the beach. "We're looking at a pretty strong...

Goldsboro gets a new street sweeper

After months of problems with the city's two street sweepers -- the trucks have been out of service roughly two-thirds of last year -- it was time for a change, Public Works Director Jose Martinez said. So Goldsboro officials...

Beth Stovall wins another preliminary in Miss North Carolina competition

Miss Greater Sampson County, Beth Stovall, a native of Goldsboro, won her second award Wednesday night in the preliminary events leading up to Saturday's Miss North Carolina competition. The 20-year-old Rosewood High School graduate won the talent award. The...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Two contestants place in pageant preliminaries

Two Miss North Carolina contestants from Goldsboro captured early wins in the preliminary events Tuesday night. Miss Goldsboro 2014, Emily Tucker, won the talent portion for her group of competitors and also was chosen as one of the Top 5...

Another heroin arrest recorded

A Goldsboro man faces three counts of heroin trafficking following his arrest by Goldsboro police Sunday. Bobby Edward Davis III, 22, 309 S. Audubon Ave., was placed in the Wayne County Jail under a $60,000 secured bond. Police arrested...

Alleged cocaine dealer charged

A suspect identified in a Fremont drug investigation dating back to Jan. 23 is in jail today under a $755,000 secured bond. Anthony Montreal McClain, 26, 352 Pinkney Church Road, was charged with trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to...

County won't wait on state for jail

It could be years before Wayne County knows whether the state will give it the shuttered Wayne Correctional Center to use as a jail -- time that the county cannot afford to wait, the county commissioners' Facilities Committee said...

Council OKs bids for two projects

The Goldsboro City Council approved bids for the new GATEWAY transfer station and the Center and Walnut streets portion of its Streetscape plan at its meeting Monday night. A $10 million federal transportation grant is being paired with nearly...

Family robbed at gunpoint in their home

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is actively investigating the alleged armed burglary and kidnapping of a family of four at a residence on Wingspread Drive Tuesday. The owners and operators of Chen's Kitchen on Highway 111 South were caught...

Cyclist is injured after bicycle is hit by vehicle

A Goldsboro man is in stable condition at Wayne Memorial Hospital after being struck while he was on his bicycle Tuesday. Eugene McClarin, 59, of Creech Street, suffered multiple injuries when his bicycle was hit at the intersection of...

Summer lunch program begins for county's needy schoolchildren

Two summer lunch programs began this week, offering free meals to youths through mid-August. The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides funds to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health to administer the N.C. Simplified...

Shots are fired, but no victim found

A shots fired call in the area of Orange Street Tuesday at about 8:30 a.m. was elevated to a person shot while Goldsboro police officers were en route, according to a police report. Once they arrived at the scene,...

Crime of the Week

On June 17, at approximately 12:05 a.m., Patricia Jones, 40, reported being assaulted by Kelton Reid Sutton. Jones reported Sutton strangling her with his hands. Warrants are outstanding on Sutton, 44, of Dewey Street, for felony assault by strangulation...

Pool party

Jaedan Davis, left, 8, and Kennedy Davis, 5, cool off in Peacock Pool on Monday afternoon. Children around the city and county are flocking to pools during their first full week of summer vacation as temperatures have topped 90...

Fremont board OKs spending plan

FREMONT -- The Fremont Board of Aldermen approved the town's annual budget at its meeting Tuesday night. The $3.6 million budget reflects a nearly $70,000 reduction in costs for the town from last year's spending plan and contains no...

Commissioners approve budget

Approval of Wayne County's $136 million budget Tuesday came without fanfare or dissension -- the first time in several years that a county budget has received unanimous support. The process went smoothly and without "any wailing or gnashing of...

Downtown law office robbed Tuesday

A downtown law office was robbed at gunpoint late Tuesday morning. Maria Susan Gonzales Rivera, 29, told Goldsboro police two black men armed with handguns entered the Braswell Law Offices at 210 S. William St. at 11:25 a.m. and...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Local teenager dies Sunday after motorcycle runs off road

A Fremont man died Sunday when the motorcycle he was riding left the roadway and struck a ditch, according to the N.C. State Highway Patrol. Christian Sullivan, 19, 2331 Airport Road, died riding a 2007 Kawasaki along Capps Bridge...

Firefighters respond to flames at local KFC

No injuries were reported this morning after a fire broke out in the kitchen area of the Kentucky Fried Chicken located at 215 N. Berkeley Blvd. The call came just after 8:30 a.m. and Goldsboro Fire Department Engine 2...

County lawmen look into December shooting

The family of Jamell Sherrod, 39, found dead near Fremont in December 2013, is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for his death. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office announced the reward Friday...

Alleged heroin trafficker arrested

The State Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency and Wayne County Sheriff's Office ACE Team assisted the Goldsboro/Wayne County Interagency Drug Task Force in arresting a Pikeville man accused of trafficking heroin Monday. Kenneth Sauls, 61, 121 Purple Iris...

Coal ash seepage reported at Lee plant

There's something in the water. Arsenic, boron, iron, lead and manganese, to be exact. Contaminants from the coal ash pond at the H.F. Lee power plant on Old Smithfield Road have been shown to be seeping into the groundwater...

Brogden Primary student drowns

A 7-year-old boy who drowned in a Durham swimming pool over the weekend was a student at Brogden Primary School. Jamarcus Graham was found floating face down in a pool in the Brightleaf community Saturday afternoon. He died Sunday...

Monday, June 16, 2014

A dignified retirement

From left, Thomas Doss, 10, Rusty Rose, Webelos leader, Tony Barham, 9, Braxton Rose, 10, and Thomas Doss, 10, raise a new flag during a flag retirement ceremony at American Legion Post 11 Saturday....

County board poised to approve budget

Wayne County commissioners are expected to adopt a $136 million budget Tuesday for 2014-15 that does not raise the tax rate nor increase user fees. Commissioners also are expected to select an architectural firm to design the county's proposed...

Crops make an impact

Agriculture and agribusiness had a $1.035 billion economic impact on Wayne County in 2012, up from $763 million in 2007. Agriculture and related businesses accounted for 8,916 jobs -- a 20.5 percent share of total county employment. Also, the...

Two local teachers honored by state

Two math teachers with Wayne County Public Schools have been selected for the Governor's Teacher Network. Brogden Middle School Title I teacher Karen Fulkerson and Mount Olive Middle School fifth-grade math teacher Jennifer Harper are among 450 outstanding educators...

Wayne schools recognized for response symposium

A symposium on Crisis Preparedness, Response and Community has earned Wayne County Public Schools the 2014 Golden Achievement Award, the second highest honor given by the National School Public Relations Association. The February event drew an estimated 300 potential key...

Summer camps at Boys and Girls Club

Wayne Community College is provided three summer camps at the Goldsboro unit of the Boys & Girls Club. Youth Summer Camp 2014 is for ages 13-18 and is free to club members. Cost for non-club members is $10. The first...

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Battle for the crown: Miss Greater Sampson County 2014 Beth Stovall

Goldsboro will be represented by two contestants in this year's Miss North Carolina 2014 pageant. In addition to the reigning Miss Goldsboro, Emily Tucker, her predecessor, Beth Stovall, makes a return bid for the state title as Miss Greater...

Man killed in crash on U.S. 70 West

A motorcyclist was killed Saturday on U.S. 70 West when he lost control of his bike and crashed near Community Drive about 6 p.m. Ahmad Sharrieff, 34, of 3509 Court, Raleigh, was traveling east on U.S. 70 in Johnston...

Battle for the crown: Miss Goldsboro 2014 Emily Tucker

Were it not for an interruption in her education plan, Miss Goldsboro 2014, Emily Tucker might never have entered a pageant. The 2009 graduate of Eastern Wayne High School was already familiar with the Miss American organization and its...

Veterans cemetery plans near

Final construction drawings for a state veterans cemetery on Long's Plant Farm Road could be completed by late this month or early July, officials say. The state has appropriated $600,000 for the project that could range in cost between...

The Monitors to perform at Snow Hill outdoor concert

SNOW HILL -- The Monitors, a legendary jazz and rhythm and blues band from Wilson, will be the featured musicians at the Concert in the Courtyard on Tuesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. in downtown Snow Hill. The event is...

Public schools announce Teachers of the Year

As another school year draws to a close, Wayne County Public Schools announced its 2014-2015 Teachers of the Year for each of the 31 schools in the district. The educators will serve as representatives for their respective schools, in preparation...

Poteat named Merrimack College Teacher of the Year

Vance Eugene Poteat, formerly of Goldsboro, was presented the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award during Merrimack College's 64th commencement last month. Merrimack is located in North Andover, Mass., about 30 miles north of Boston. Poteat is a professor in...

Pikeville to vote on beer again

PIKEVILLE -- Pikeville residents will have another opportunity to decide if the stores within town limits will be allowed to sell beer. In the November general election, Pikeville voters will be able to vote on a referendum, which would allow...

Down on the farm

Ashley Robbins, left, and John Bertlshofer talk about the good old days at the Charles B. Aycock Birthplace historic site during the "Saturday on the Farm" program. The program featured vintage farm equipment displayed by the Eastern Carolina Vintage...

McDaniel releases book

Dorothy McDaniel, the founder of Miracles of Faith Ministries, has written and published her second book, titled "Wake Up the Sleeping Giants." The book was written to motivate both men and women. It can be purchased online through Amazon.com, Barnes...

Goldsboro to host state cornhole championship

Goldsboro has been chosen as the battleground where the state's first team and singles cornhole champions will be crowned Saturday, June 28. The city will host the inaugural state tournament for the American Cornhole Organization at the Goldsboro Family...

Free movies offered at Cliffs state park

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park will have Movies by the Lake during July and August. Movies will be shown outdoors at the lake beach. They will start at dusk, about 8:30 p.m. and are free. During the movie, the...

City Council to discuss loan Monday

The Goldsboro City Council will discuss taking a $637,000 loan from Wayne County to help fund the Berkeley Boulevard widening project at its meeting Monday night. The Council will discuss the move during the work session beginning at 5:30 p.m....

Friday, June 13, 2014

WCPS finance officer announces retirement

Wayne County Public Schools' finance officer since 1999 is retiring at the end of the month. Nan Barwick, assistant superintendent for fiscal services, was hailed at the recent Board of Education meeting for keeping the district "financially sound" during...

A snack and some music

Luke and Katie Marron, along with their dog, Chipotle, enjoy an evening snack while listening to the music of The Monitors at the Center Street Jam in downtown Goldsboro on Thursday. The concert managed to go on despite scattered...

School project bids opened

The bids are now open for the Spring Creek and Grantham middle schools projects. The public bid opening was held Thursday at the Best Western on Spence Avenue. A total of 275 bids were eligible to be opened at...

Center Stage to put on series of one-act plays

Gods, aliens and sword fighting -- Center Stage Theatre's one-act plays have it all. "A Night of One Acts" will be performed Saturday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Wayne County Museum. It will last two hours and 45...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Majesty Rose on tour

Majesty Rose can't go many places these days without being recognized. The Top 10 finalist with the flowers in her hair from this season's "American Idol" gained a bit of fame nationwide, but still marvels at the hometown support...

Alliance president to leave her post

Wayne County Development Alliance President Joanna Helms announced Wednesday that she will resign effective July 11 to become the first economic development director for the town of Apex in Wake County. She will begin her new duties on July...

County on whooping cough watch

The Wayne County Health Department is on "pertussis watch," Communicable Disease Program manager Josa Raynor-Vaughn told the Board of Health on Wednesday. "As of today, we have four (cases). I got another one today," she said. "Two were in...

County OKs Eastern Region loan

Wayne County commissioners took just under 10 minutes to approve yet another loan application through North Carolina's Eastern Region. The $330,076.92 loan is the third the county has made through the Eastern Region since March when it borrowed the...

Police investigating early morning assault

Goldsboro police have charged Jerelle Ontario Hagens, 21, 403 S. Carolina St., with indecent exposure, assault on a female and placed him in the Wayne County Jail under a $1,000 secured bond after an alleged assault on a 20-year-old...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Graduation 2014: Southern Wayne High School

He characterized it as "bittersweet," but Southern Wayne High School senior class president Drew Shaw had been waiting for this day for a long time. So after he and 226 other members of the school's Class of 2014 entered...

Roofing scams cheating seniors

Although Goldsboro police say there are no indications yet the two cases are connected, two elderly Goldsboro citizens told police they have been defrauded out of thousands of dollars by men posing as roofers. The reports were filed Tuesday...

The last bell

Wayne County public school students began their summer break Tuesday as schools across the county let out early. It was an emotional time for many, with students -- and teachers -- eagerly looking forward to vacation while at the same...

Graduation 2014: Goldsboro High School

The girls were in gold, the boys in blue. High humidity threatened hairstyles and makeup, but each would hold. This day was too important. The Class of 2014 filed into the Goldsboro High School auditorium promptly at 6 p.m....

Optimist Kids Fun Day Saturday

Wayne County Public School students Saturday can celebrate the end of the school year when the Optimist Club of Goldsboro hosts its second annual Optimist Kids Fun Day event. It will be held at Cornerstone Commons at the corner...

Harvest time

David Rangel trims away the outer leaves of a fresh cut cabbage, getting it ready to be shipped to the market. He and other workers were harvesting in a large field of the greens on the Jon Raiford farm...

GATEWAY director moved to agency payroll; gets raise

The GATEWAY board voted to officially move its director onto the GATEWAY payroll from the county, as well as giving her a raise at its meeting Wednesday. Director Lynn Lamberth's salary was increased from $65,340.38 to $79,000 a year....

Aycock Birthplace events Saturday

The Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace will celebrate North Carolina's 19th century farm heritage during a Saturday on the Farm program Saturday. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will feature vintage farm equipment. There will...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

County board to hold special session

Wayne County commissioners will meet in special session Wednesday afternoon to approve a loan from North Carolina's Eastern Region. The meeting will be held in the commissioners' meeting room on the fourth floor of the county courthouse. Commissioners last...

Red Cross officials fear summer blood shortage

The local blood supply normally drops during the summer months and officials with the Red Cross are hoping young donors will help make up the expected shortfall. "We typically see a decline in blood donations in the summer," said Kimberly...

Leaving the nest

During Monday night's commencement at Charles B. Aycock High School, valedictorian Myra Waheed encouraged her fellow graduates to dream big. "You have the ability to make new friends who push you to act in your truest nature, push away...

Monday, June 9, 2014

Beck named head of Mount Olive Chamber

MOUNT OLIVE -- Julie R. Beck has been named president of the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce. "When the board began to seek a candidate who met our qualifications and requirements, we kept coming back to Ms. Beck,"...

Lawmen arrest alleged heroin trafficker

The Goldsboro Police Department charged Dennis M. Robinson, 49, 207 S. Carolina Street, with trafficking heroin Friday. His bond is set at $200,000 secured. Robinson's arrest comes just three days after another man, Darrell Keith Foye, 56, of the...

On a high note

Opera singer Madeline Edwards, at age 11, won CBS-TV Early Show's national competition, "Living Room ... Live! Kids" and is now a Kenan music scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill. Alden Pridgen, entering her final year at the N.C. School of...

Two men charged in April robbery

The Goldsboro Police Department charged two men in connection with an April armed robbery. Shavaye Brooks, 19, of Raleigh, and Antonio Deans, 21, of Goldsboro, are each charged with first-degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with...

Firms make pitches for center contract

Architectural firms interested in designing Wayne County's proposed $12 million regional agricultural center took turns detailing their experiences and explaining why they are the firm best suited to do the job during a commissioners' committee meeting last week. No action...

Camp Kilowatt's cost reduced by foundation

Wayne Community College's Camp Kilowatt is reducing its price and offering financial assistance for those who need it. "Thanks to the generosity of The Duke Energy Foundation, we're able to drop the price for all campers to $80 and...

Seminar on doing business with federal government Thursday

The Wayne Business and Industry Center will offer the free seminar "Doing Business with the Federal Government" on Thursday from 3-5 p.m. in Room 123 of the Walnut Building at Wayne Community College. The session, led by Boyce Haywood,...

Saturday, June 7, 2014

City budget includes military liasion position

The Goldsboro City Manager has recommended a new military liaison position to serve as an intermediary between the city and its military lobbying interests. The position, proposed in the first draft of the 2014-15 budget, would serve as a...

Gators turn their tassels

MOUNT OLIVE -- For the past four years, Zachary Brown has been told to tuck his shirttail in. Saturday morning as the Spring Creek High School Class of 2014 salutatorian made his way to the podium he stopped, lifted...

Eagles ready to fly

Jamie Terpenning, clad in a purple cap and gown, approached a side door at Rosewood High School Friday evening to join her classmates meeting in the gymnasium. "I can't believe they're leaving," said Marian Porter, moving in to hug...

Hundreds turn out for "Love for Liam" event

Several months ago, Brittney Rogers wept as she and her husband, Steve, received a devastating diagnosis. Their son, Liam, had pontocerebellar hypoplasia. "When we found out he had it, that was the lowest point in my life so far,"...

Literacy Connections planning fundraiser

Literacy Connections of Wayne County is planning a fundraiser in September to raise money to help more adults achieve their reading goals. Reading Between the Wines will feature not only an evening of wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres, but...

Warriors graduate

To graduate from Eastern Wayne High School was all Hannah Faith Gaines wanted after completing her junior year at Broughton High School in Raleigh. Her family moved to Raleigh after her sophomore year -- pulling her away from her...

Texas Roadhouse opening June 30

After six months, work is nearing completion on the Texas Roadhouse going into the former Ryan's Family Steak House location on Berkeley Boulevard. The restaurant is set to open June 30. Work began in January with a complete interior...

County wants out of Mount Olive Airport

Wayne County commissioners are looking to shed the county's small portion of ownership of the Mount Olive Airport and in doing so, relieve the county of any liability for the facility. But even if that happens, commissioners said they...

Commissioners spar over appointments

Committee appointments, particularly to the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, continue to inflame emotions among Wayne County commissioners. Even last week's attempt to discuss the appointment procedure ended in row, causing Chairman Wayne Aycock to intervene by saying he will...

Friday, June 6, 2014

Two more heroin dealers arrested

The Goldsboro/Wayne County Interagency Drug Task Force tallied two more arrests Wednesday in the course of its ongoing investigation into the illegal distribution of heroin in and around Wayne County. Investigators identified Shawnquel C. Futrelle, 26, of 104 Heather...

Man charged with attempted murder for role in shooting

One of two men charged in the Feb. 23 shooting and robbery of a Goldsboro man is now charged with attempted first-degree murder. Demetrius Montray Kornegay, 29, 105 B S. Harding Drive, was shot outside his home just before...

Board cuts $500,000 in two hours

It took Wayne County commissioners less than two hours Tuesday afternoon to cut $500,000 from County Manager George Wood's $136 million budget proposal. Most of the cuts were suggested by Commissioner Joe Daughtery. For the most part, the cuts...

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Pikeville's new chief sworn in Monday

PIKEVILLE -- Pikeville swore in a new police chief who said he hopes to change the way the department operates through more aggressive enforcement of laws and improved organization. "We are going to change the way we do business...

Dispute leads to Fremont shooting

FREMONT -- A Fremont man is charged with assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly shot his stepfather three times during a domestic dispute Monday. Nacarsa Ronyell Ford, 56, 306 S. Pender St., is charged with assault with...

Board accepts plan for schools

Wayne County commissioners unanimously approved a $41.5 million financing package Tuesday for construction of new middle schools in the Grantham and Spring Creek communities. The board also accepted deeds for the two properties from the Wayne County Board of...

Showing their love

Health insurance only goes so far when the costs associated with special formula, a feeding tube and seemingly endless trips to doctors set in. A mother can only do so much on her own before the hours of lost...

Man faces charges in statutory rape case

A Mount Olive man charged with the first-degree statutory rape of a 12-year-old is scheduled to appear in Wayne County District Court this morning. Investigators with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office charged Christopher Omega Jurmaine Davis, 22, with the...

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

County hires George Wood

George Wood, who has served as Wayne County's interim manager since February, was sworn in Tuesday to an initial 18-month term as the county's full-time manager. Commissioner Bill Pate, who chaired the interview committee with Commissioners Ray Mayo and Ed...

Man charged in Fox Drive shooting

Wayne County Sheriff's Office investigators looking into a shooting that took place along Fox Drive in southern Wayne County Monday have made an arrest. Alphonso Demond Campbell, 23, 200 George Farm Drive, is charged with discharging a firearm into...

Heroin arrest

Goldsboro/Wayne County Interagency Drug Task Force officers arrested an alleged heroin trafficker in the area of North Spence Avenue around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Darrell Keith Foye, 56, 207 S. Carolina St., is charged with trafficking heroin four to 14...

County finds $500,000 for schools

An estimated $500,000 in surplus school money discovered by the Wayne County Board of Commissioners will initially become part of the district's current expense budget, said Nan Barwick, assistant superintendent for fiscal services. The "found money" was made public...

Tassels will turn

Six Wayne County Public Schools will hold commencement ceremonies over the next week, with 1,077 seniors receiving diplomas. Two schools in the district have already held similar events earlier in the month. Wayne Early/Middle College High School graduated 61...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Play time with Daddy

Five-year-old Willow Wright gets some help from her father, Justin Wright, on Sunday while playing in the sand at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. The warm weather has people coming out to enjoy the park, which is located...

Man reports escaping shooting in city neighborhood

A Goldsboro man reported he escaped being shot by a man and a woman in the 100 block of Slaughter Street just before 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The report was filed with the Goldsboro Police Department Monday at 11:30 a.m....

Mount Olive officials concerned about privilege tax cut

MOUNT OLIVE -- Town officials Monday night warned that a tax increase, or a cut in town services, could be facing Mount Olive residents next year if state lawmakers approve a pending bill eliminating certain fees a town can...

Second arrest made in meth case

A continuing Goldsboro/Wayne County Interagency Drug Task Force investigation into the purchase of pseudoephedrine for the intended manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine in and around Wayne County led to another arrest Sunday. Alexander Wesley Brogden, 22, 173 Martin Road,...

Panera project one step closer

Bread, barbecue and a budget. The Goldsboro City Council approved a $54 million spending plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year -- and site plans for a Panera Bread and Smithfield Chicken and Bar-B-Q -- at its Monday meeting. But...

Board OKs budget

The Wayne County Board of Education approved a $45 million interim budget for the school district Monday night, as well as 19 contracts valued at $1.7 million for assorted school projects. The proposed interim budget for 2014-15 is to...

18-year-old arrested for statutory rape

An 18-year-old Seven Springs man faces charges of statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office press release. The act was not forced, the report said. Cody Lee Bishop, of 2915 A Indian Springs...

Unity Day Saturday

The seventh annual Community Unity Day will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Mina Weil Park. The free event is sponsored by the National Entrepreneurial Skills Training Institute, Inc. to bring the community together to...

Monday, June 2, 2014

Group takes walking tour to promote healthy life

Go, Wayne, Go, a health initiative designed to build a healthier Wayne County, is starting to get its message of lifestyle change out to the community. And its members are doing so -- one step at a time. Go, Wayne,...

Slocum takes guidon

The act was simple enough -- an Air Force colonel clutching the symbolic flag extended by a major general. But when Col. Mark Slocum looked 9th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. H.D. Polumbo in the eyes this morning --...

New bill seeking $3 million for local ag center

A bill seeking a $3 million state appropriation for Wayne County's proposed $12 million regional agricultural center Wednesday passed its first reading in the state Senate and was referred to the Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources Committee. If the bill receives a...

Gurley officially files for seat on board

Joe Gurley, retired director of the Wayne County Office of Emergency Services, Monday morning filed for the District 4 seat on the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. He is a Republican. No Democratic candidate has announced an intention to...

Councilmen skip some committee meetings

District 1 Goldsboro City Councilman Michael Headen has not been to a single meeting of either the Transportation Advisory Committee or the Historic District Commission since at least October. Mayor Al King has not attended a single one of...

County wants public input on budget

A public hearing on Wayne County's $136 million budget proposal for fiscal year 2014-15 has been set for Tuesday. The draft budget retains the current tax rate of 66.65 cents per $100 of appraised property value. There are no...

Sunday, June 1, 2014

A new flight plan

Jeannie Leavitt will always be the little girl at an air show -- watching, awestruck, as various aircraft streak through the sky overhead. The F-15E will forever be a part of her story -- a tale of barriers broken,...

WATCH plans to add third clinic this fall

A state award and a grant will allow Wayne Action Teams for Community Health the chance to add a third location to provide community health services, but only for a year, officials say. The $225,000 grant from Golden Leaf...

Second charge added in meth arrest

A Wayne County woman arrested May 13 by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office on charges of possession of methamphetamine faces new charges of possession of a meth precursor following a second arrest Thursday. Jennifer Howell Bannorra, 41, 1717 U.S....

Dudley man faces marijuana charges

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team, Aggressive Crime Enforcement Team and investigations division helped arrest a suspected marijuana dealer in the Dudley area Thursday. George Randolph Sutton Jr., 807 Ruskin Road, is charged with possession with intent to...

Council to eye budget, plans for two eateries

The Goldsboro City Council is expected to approve the city's 2014-15 fiscal year budget at its meeting Monday night -- and to review plans for two proposed new restaurants in the city. Council held a public meeting on the...

College: Finance program success

The new payment option for students at Wayne Community College appears to be a positive alternative to the direct loan program, the college's board of trustees said. The active management payment plan, which allows students to have funds automatically...

Wayne Community College chem instructor speaks at conferences

Ashton T. Griffin, lead chemistry instructor at Wayne Community College, presented at two chemistry conferences recently. He spoke on "What Is New in the Teaching of Chemistry with Social Media at Wayne Community College?" at the 204th Two-Year College...

School financing on county agenda

Financing up to $41.5 million for construction of two new schools will be the topic of a Wayne County commissioners' hearing. State law does not require a public vote on the financing, but the public hearing, which will be...

Until every child finds a home

When you start a triathlon, you make a decision -- a decision that no matter how hard, no matter how painful at times, you won't quit. That's the way it is for Scott Johnson and Ray Fields. "If you...

Riding for the Red

Felicia Voegele and Paul Ticas prepare for the "Ride for the Red" beginning at Wayne Community College Saturday. The husband and wife riders were among the dozens who took part in the ride that kicked off a community day...

Senate's plan offers teachers two options

The Senate budget recommendations establish two basic teacher pay scales. * The Professional Status Teacher Schedule is for teachers who voluntarily surrender their tenure status and claims to longevity pay for continuing services. With the acceptance of this pay...

School district eyes free lunch program

The Wayne County Board of Education's finance committee has agreed to send a recommendation to the full board to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision, which would allow for 12 schools in the district to offer free lunch and breakfast...

Fremont ready to start work on STEP plans

FREMONT -- After a nearly six-month wait, the Fremont Small Town Economic Prosperity team can now move forward with a list of projects meant to improve the town. The mayor signed contracts between the town and the state Department...

College to offer variety of occupational, computer classes

Wayne Community College Continuing Education will offer a variety of computer and occupational classes this summer. Computer courses include: *Introduction to Computers, 6-9 p.m. on Mondays in Room 220 of the Magnolia Building *Introduction to Microsoft Office 2013 -...

Five seniors tapped for scholarships

Five graduating seniors from Wayne County Public Schools have been chosen to receive Emmet and Mary Robinson Trust Fund scholarships. The trust fund was set up by the couple for students in the district who intend to further their...

Five Wayne Community College students honored

Wayne Community College's Adult High School Program has honored five students for outstanding academic achievement in the second session of the spring 2014 semester. Tiffany Alvarado, Taquanda Bynum, Abigail Ezzell, Natalie Uzzell and Keyana Ward were named to the honors...