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Monday, February 20, 2017

Police: Mother and son with shotgun threaten woman's life

Goldsboro police arrested a teenager and his mother Saturday after the two allegedly went to a woman's apartment and pointed a .410 shotgun at her and threatened to kill her. Cody Glenn Best, 17, of 1175 Tram Road, Mount Olive,...

Lucama man charged after contact with two girls

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office charged a man with indecent liberties with a child today after learning he was acting inappropriately with two nine-year-old girls, according to a press release. Corey Lee Kerr, 22, of Lucama, was arrested and placed...

Sheriff's Office: Florida woman smokes meth, cuts boyfriend

A Florida woman cut a man she has been dating for a week after she started smoking methamphetamine in a car parked near Buckhorne Road and Old Grantham Road Sunday evening, a report filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office...

Two charged in drug activity

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested two people on various drug charges after serving a search warrant at their residence Saturday. Quinton Edwin Moye, 26, of 131 Woodside Circle, is charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver...

Barbara Price sets up scholarship to remember late daughter's legacy

MOUNT OLIVE -- The late Suzanna H. Weil had a passion to help others. As a tribute to that passion, and to keep alive Mrs. Weil's memory, her mother, Barbara Price, established the Suzanna Bel Hinson Weil Endowed Scholarship...

County to discuss hazard mitigation

Applications are still being accepted from Wayne County residents for assistance under the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management Hurricane Matthew Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Nearly 300 applications have been received thus far, and county planner Chip Crumpler will...

Printing a path to learning

Walking into the STEM lab at Norwayne Middle School, it's difficult to tell who is having more fun -- the teacher or the students. Paul Casey, technology education instructor there for the past eight years, enthuses about the "new toys"...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Man drives truck into optical center

Most Sunday mornings, James Davis, 77, of Goldsboro has breakfast at Kathy's Kitchen, a local restaurant tucked inside a strip mall in a shopping center adjacent to the Food Lion on East Ash Street.He normally parks in the center row...

Commissioners, lawmakers meet

During their annual planning retreat in January, Wayne County commissioners worried that county taxpayers are picking up the tab for medical care for Cherry Hospital patients jailed for committing a crime at the hospital. Friday morning they voiced those...

Ag center work on schedule

The $20 million Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center remains on schedule to open March 1, 2018. The public can view the progress on the center by going to Wayne County website, waynegov.com, and clicking on the link for...

Wayne Community College to host speaker on history of nursing

The Wayne Community College Association of Nursing Students is hosting a free presentation on the history of nursing in North Carolina. Dr. Phoebe Pollitt, an associate professor of nursing at Appalachian State University, will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at...

Wayne Community College adult classes start Monday

Wayne Community College Continuing Education has several classes starting soon that teach occupational skills. *Nail Technology will be taught Mondays through Thursdays, Feb. 20-June 16, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., or Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 24-July 22, from 9 a.m. until...

Albertson fox hunt raises $15,000

ALBERTSON -- Nearly 550 people ate barbecue and fish stew, while 240 deer dogs trained to hunt at the annual Washington's Day Fox and Dog Trials Saturday morning. Ruritan Willie Rouse, 79, cooked up his famous rockfish stew at...

The art of tai chi

You start off holding the ball, then go into repulse monkey and brush knee, ending with golden rooster stands on one leg. As strange as they sound, each of these moves is part of a tai chi form and...

Railroad crossing closed for repairs

CSX Railroad had scheduled a number of crossings in Goldsboro for repair. The work will require rerouting traffic and detour signs will be erected to direct motorists. Crossings normally are closed for one to three days, depending upon the...

Goldsboro men members of black Civil War unit

A program on the little-known 135th U.S. Colored Troops, formed in Goldsboro in March of 1865, will be presented Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Wayne County Public Library. More than 1,100 men were recruited to the unit during Gen....

Thousands in tools reported stolen

According to a Goldsboro police report, large amounts of tools were stolen Wednesday at two different locations. A man informed the police someone stole $1,325 worth of tools including drills, bits, a soldering iron, an impact socket, a gear wrench,...

Mount Olive town board race grows crowded early on

MOUNT OLIVE -- Four candidates have announced their intentions to run for the town board even though filing does not begin until July. District 4 town Commissioner Joe Scott has announced he will run for mayor in the November...

Rebuilding the family business

Russell Aycock still has business cards on his desk that were singed by an eight-alarm fire that destroyed his family business in August 2015. "I guess I'm sentimental about some things," Aycock said. "I've got my new cards, but...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mall store lockdown a false alarm

A lockdown at Berkeley Mall today proved to be a misunderstanding, but the Goldsboro Police Department is thankful for a citizen's concern. Capt. LeAnn Rabun said a call came out at 1:30 p.m. from a woman who told officers a...

Wreck sends two teens to hospital

PIKEVILLE -- Two teenage girls were taken to the hospital Saturday for minor injuries after the driver loss control of her truck and smashed into a ditch. Leeza Puckett, 16, and her 14-year-old passenger were heading south on Pikeville-Princeton Road in...

City to consider $5M federal grant to continue downtown improvements

The Goldsboro City Council is set to consider a $5 million federal transportation grant agreement Monday that will jumpstart continued improvements to the downtown area. The U.S. Department of Transportation agreement outlines details and timelines, as well as the costs,...

Friday, February 17, 2017

Three charged, others sought in Wal-Mart thefts

Three men are charged in recent Wal-Mart theft attempts, but the Goldsboro Police Department is still looking for people involved in two other thefts at the store chain. According to police reports, Joseph Lee Thigpen, 19, of Grifton, and Geoffrey...

Heroin arrest follows traffic stop

A man is in custody after deputies found drugs in his car Thursday, according to a sheriff's office press release. According to the release, members of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement team were conducting a routine patrol...

Senior Games promotion begins with ambassadors

The Wayne County Senior Games ambassadors are out in the community promoting the games and getting sponsors for the event. This year for the first time instead of two ambassadors there are three -- Jeanne Lovings, Terry Wright and Pauline...

Karen Stallings crowned Miss Spivey's Corner

Wayne County has another contestant in the Miss North Carolina pageant this year. Karen Stallings of Fremont was recently crowned Miss Spivey's Corner. She will join Courtney Smith, 19, of Mint Hill, Miss Goldsboro 2017, at the state competition in...

City to pay on council's benefits

The Goldsboro City Council decided Thursday to give itself city-funded health insurance as part of its benefit package. Members of the council will be able to piggyback on the city's health insurance coverage plan, which includes a city cost...

Annual Washington's Day Fox Hunt and Dog Trials to be Saturday

ALBERTSON -- The annual Washington's Day Fox Hunt and Dog Trials will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Albertson Ruritan Community Building. The event has been a tradition for nearly 70 years, ever since a small group of...

Goldsboro Police Department loses one of its own

Goldsboro Police Chief Mike West confirmed this morning that a member of his command staff passed away Thursday after collapsing at work. Maj. Jay Memmelaar, head of the police department's Support Services division was 49 years old. "He was a...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Police seek tips identifying alleged mall flasher

The Goldsboro Police Department is asking for the community's help to identify a man who allegedly exposed his genitalia to a woman at Berkeley Mall Monday night. According to a police report, a woman was in a J.C. Penney Co....

Wood heater sparks kitchen fire

No one was injured when a man accidentally set fire to his kitchen while trying to start a heater at 313 Wilmington Ave. Thursday, said Goldsboro Fire Department Assistant Chief Frank Sasser. Sasser said that the occupant, 64-year-old Vernon McKenzie,...

Council commits to Goldsboro Police Department accreditation

The Goldsboro City Council committed Wednesday to pursue national accreditation standards through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The council backed its decision by deciding to hire a CALEA accreditation manager to oversee the program within the...

Rosewood teacher chosen for state education position

A successful agriculture teacher at Rosewood High School has been named eastern region agriculture education coordinator, taking her skills on the road to help other teachers in similar programs. Allison Jennings spent the past 11 years at Rosewood, her first...

Thousands in tools and equipment stolen

According to a Goldsboro Police report, large amounts of tools were stolen Wednesday at two different locations. A man informed the police someone stole $1,325 worth of tools including drills, bits, a soldering iron, an impact socket, a gear wrench,...

Always an Eagle

Alexis Chamberlain placed her hand on her mother's face. Ashley Williams sat on Alexis' hospital bed, where she had told her daughter she would do anything for her. "Yes, but I won't let you die for me," Alexis said. The...

Kids avoid injury in school bus wreck

A school bus carrying 37 students hit the back end of a dump truck at the corner of Olivia Lane and Sycamore Street this morning. Goldsboro Police Capt. Teresa Cox confirmed that the unoccupied dump truck was parked on the...

Five charged after vehicle chase Friday

The Goldsboro Police Department arrested five men on felony charges after a car and foot chase Feb. 10, according to a GPD press release. According to the release, C-shift officers responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle around 10:35...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sheriff's Office: Woman, 20, steals Nintendo and games from brother, sells them for cash

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested a woman Wednesday after she allegedly stole a handheld gaming console and games from her brother and sold them, according to a Sheriff's Office press release. According to the release and an arrest report,...

School board policy committee talks dress code, bus driver shortage at meeting

The Wayne County Board of Education policy committee discussed several policies Tuesday to be brought before the board at its Feb. 21 work session and March board meeting. The policies ranged from relatively new initiatives to long-standing debates which may...

WCC adds career coach program

Elvira Johnson, career counselor at Wayne Community College, knows what she's talking about -- after all, she's had three diverse careers herself. She has worked in engineering, culinary arts and since receiving her master's degree in education, advises job...

Senior Games moved up a month to April

The Wayne County Senior Games have been moved up a month this year. Instead of taking place in May, the games will be held in April. There is a $10 registration fee, which includes an opening day cookout, participation in...

Optimist club refurbishes used and donated computers for kids

The Optimist Club of Goldsboro is taking donations of computers that can be refurbished and distributed to students who can use them. Since becoming affiliated with the Computers4Kids program in 2012, the club has actively worked to connect computers to...

Speakers call for unity during interfaith breakfast

Building a better community through unity takes work and the ability to set aside differences for the greater good, speakers at the Annual Interfaith Breakfast said Tuesday. "Religions and races are fundamental in what makes us distinct and unique,"...

Shag club raising money to honor well known dj

Mike "Shag Daddy" Overman was a well-known DJ across North Carolina. But he was known as well as an embodiment of community service. This Saturday the Sugarfoot Shag Club will pay tribute to Overman by holding a fundraiser that...

Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair wins 7 awards

DUDLEY -- The 2016 Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair has won seven awards for excellence. The awards include first place in three competitive exhibits categories from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, three from the North Carolina Association of Agricultural...

School board policy committee talks dress code, bus driver shortage at meeting

The Wayne County Board of Education policy committee discussed several policies Tuesday to be brought before the board at its Feb. 21 work session and March board meeting. The policies ranged from relatively new initiatives to long-standing debates which...

Man tries to run over police sergeant

A man allegedly drove a stolen truck toward a Goldsboro Police sergeant in a parking lot Tuesday night. According to a police report, Edwin Luis Ortiz Jr., 30, of 1203 Ben Brewington Court, hit two police cars with a stolen...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Duplex catches fire on Devereaux Street

A duplex caught fire at 1002 Devereaux Street at around 2 p.m. today.The Goldsboro Fire Department responded with three engines and a ladder to the blaze as well EMS.Once EMS arrived on the scene, fire and smoke were coming out...

Car catches fire while driver pumps gas

A man's car caught on fire as he pumped gas at the Circle K at U.S. 117 and Arrington Bridge Road, Tuesday afternoon. Elbert Perry, 60, of Dudley, pulled his black Chevrolet Monte Carlo  up to pump No. 1 at...

Man tries to steal ice cream sandwich by stuffing it in his pants

A would-be shoplifter allegedly stuffed an ice cream sandwich and ice cream in his pants at an Exxon gas station Monday afternoon. According to a Goldsboro police report, Justin Michael Warner, 29, of 107 Hailey Drive, turned his back to...

Man charged with possession of stolen goods

A Princeton man is facing additional charges related to a break-in that took place in November after already being arrested for a separate break-in that same month. The release said Brian Christopher Casey, 35, of 1828 Old Rock Quarry Road...

Repairs continue for roads damaged by Hurricane Matthew

Five Wayne County roads remain closed because of damaged inflicted by Hurricane Matthew. However, progress is being made in repairing those roads in the coming weeks as well as wrapping repairs to the few remaining damaged areas caused by...

Nursing scholarship created

MOUNT OLIVE -- Wayne UNC Health Care and the University of Mount Olive have entered a strategic partnership that will help qualifying RNs earn their bachelor of science in nursing degree at a discounted rate. The hospital has made...

Inmates move to new jail

Inmates have been moved into the new Carey A. Winders Detention Center, Wayne County Sheriff Larry Pierce said this morning. The unannounced move of 70 inmates into the facility on North William Street was carried out on Monday. "We...

Council to hold retreat this week

Members of the Goldsboro City Council haven't received a pay hike in more than 20 years and will review whether a change is warranted during its annual retreat this week. Councilman Antonio Williams recently asked that council pay and...

Police work: K-9 training with GPD

For animals whose job may place them directly in harm's way, the dogs of the Goldsboro Police Department K-9 unit sure seem to enjoy what they do. On Monday, officers from the K-9 unit took the three dogs, Ghost, Kezna...

Monday, February 13, 2017

Two charged in meth investigation

Two men face charges after Wayne County Sheriff's deputies and agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation secured and executed a search warrant on a home Friday. The arrests came after numerous complaints called in to Crime Stoppers...

Man charged two days after eluding police

A Goldsboro man faces drug charges after investigators who witnessed him conduct a drug transaction lost sight of him during a foot pursuit Feb. 2, according to a press release. He was arrested two days later. Kenyatta Applewhite, 38, 129...

Wayne Public Library gets new youth librarian

Ann Snyder used to frequent the Wayne County Public Library with her mother and sister when she was little. She was amazed, even at a young age, how much it had to offer. Today, the 29-year-old is back at...

Interfaith Breakfast to be held Tuesday

In honor of Human Relations Month, the city of Goldsboro will once again join with the County of Wayne and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base to host the Annual Interfaith Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Tuesday at the Goldsboro...

Council chooses center design

The Goldsboro City Council selected a design plan for a new Herman Park Recreation Center but not without cost concerns raised by Councilman Gene Aycock. The council voted during a recent meeting to have HH Architecture complete the design...

Senate considers career licensure

The North Carolina General Assembly is considering easing professional licensure requirements for members of the military and their spouses. Sen. Louis Pate, District 4-R, of Mount Olive, is a primary sponsor to Senate Bill 8, which allows for a...

GED prep and practice tests offered

Wayne Community College is offering free General Educational Development, or GED, prep and practice tests this month, starting today. Two "GED NOW Workshops" will be offered by the WCC Basic Skills Department, on four evenings or two Saturdays. The...

Hardwood Classic Kicks off at W.A. Foster Center

Tyrie Artis leaned back against the wall. The 15-year-old held his jacket as his eyes followed the basketball. And he could only watch. The new Harwood Classic Basketball Series kicked off Sunday afternoon in celebration of Black History Month at...

Man avoids serious injury from hot gas

Excess gas from a propane tank hit a man in the stomach Sunday outside of his camper home. Goldsboro Fire Chief John Gillis said the man filled the tanker during the recent cold weather, but the gas leaked when the...

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Board declines to change road policy

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning declined to consider changes to the county's subdivision street repair policy. The first project under that policy is about to get underway, and commissioners said they need to see how it turns out before...

Man hit by car, seriously injured

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is looking for leads in a hit-and-run collision that left a pedestrian in critical condition, according to a statement released by the highway patrol. According to the release, Trooper J.P. Reyes responded on Feb....

GoWayneGo revamps website, adds weight loss tracker

GoWayneGo has revamped its website, creating a newsfeed of nutrition information and a calendar of local health and fitness events and healthy recipes. A weight loss tracking program has also been added to the website, www.gowaynego.org. When the initiative...

Girl Scouts show dedication to community

Girl Scout troops No. 109 and No. 290 are among the units in Wayne County that are continuing to show their dedication to service through acts of kindness in the community. Over the past few months, the Daisies, Brownies, and...

Man donates $13K to school

A LaGrange man has donated $13,000 to Edgewood Community Developmental School, which the school plans to use for a variety of functions, according to principal Tasha Adams. The donation was confirmed at January's Wayne County Board of Education meeting....

A man of firsts -- remembering Goldsboro's first black police officer

Editor's note: Black History Month is a time to reflect on the contributions, sacrifices and strides made by African Americans, not just in our country, but in our own communities as well. We thought we would share a story...

Better Business Bureau warns of online dating site scams

RALEIGH -- Signing up with a dating service or using the internet to find love has become the norm these days with many people focusing on school or their career. Matchmakers and dating websites have made it convenient for...

Board of Health discusses scores, vacancies

Five area restaurants scored a "B" during the last inspection period before raising their grades, environmental health director Kevin Whitley told the Wayne County Board of Health on Wednesday. A new board member was also sworn in, and Health...

Give Kids a Smile provides 66 students with dental care

Wayne Community College dental students welcomed 66 students from Eastern Wayne Elementary School to their clinic Friday, providing free dental care as part of the annual Give Kids a Smile program. The event, which is a joint effort by...

A forever love

Valentine's Day is fast approaching -- a time when couples use flowers, candy, teddy bears and other things to show how much they care for each other. That's especially true for married couples, some of whom have been side by...

Paper company to add 180 new jobs

RALEIGH -- Gov. Roy Cooper announced last week that Clearwater Paper Corp. will expand its operation in Cleveland County, creating 180 new full-time jobs. The Washington-based company also plans to invest $330 million in the construction of a new...

Library to present program on black Civil War troop formed in W

Originally planned during the week of Hurricane Matthew, the Goldsboro Library has rescheduled a free program on Thursday, Feb . 23 from 7-8:30 pm with Mr. Earl Ijames, curator from the North Carolina Museum of History. The program will...

Friday, February 10, 2017

A man of firsts

February is Black History Month, a time to reflect on the contributions, sacrifices and strides made by African Americans, not just in our country, but in our own communities as well. There are a number of events scheduled in the...

Gun permits, sales spiked in 2016

The number of concealed carry permits issued in Wayne County spiked in 2016 compared to the number issued in 2015. Maj. Tom Effler with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said the agency issued 2,035 total concealed carry permits last year,...

Chief releases apology for post

A letter of apology from the desk of Goldsboro Police Chief Mike West went out publicly Thursday night, following a series of closed-door meetings of the Goldsboro City Council regarding public concern about West's social media activity. Those meetings, however,...

When seconds matter

What feels like ages is truly a matter of minutes as flames burn whatever is in their path and the thermal layer bears down on whoever is inside the home. Even after firefighters arrive on scene, the difference between life...

Princeton man already in custody faces new charges

A Princeton man is facing additional charges related to a break-in that took place in November 2016 after already being arrested for a separate break-in that same month, according to a press release. The release said Brian Christopher Casey, 35,...

Teens charged in attempted break-in

A 12-year-old and 15-year-old were charged this week with attempted breaking and entering for an incident that took place Tuesday in Dudley, according to a press release. The release from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said a concerned citizen reported...

Black History Month events celebrate rich history

An interfaith breakfast, human relations award banquet and a variety of other events are planned in the Goldsboro area to celebrate Black History Month in February. The annual interfaith breakfast is planned on Feb. 14 at 8 a.m. at the...

Second discount convenience store raided by ABC officers

Authorities raided Eastern Wayne Discount convenience store on New Hope Road Feb. 3, after learning the owner was selling alcohol without a permit and forced him to remove the alcohol from the store, said Joe Sadler, Wayne County ABC Law...

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Two charged in January break-in

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested a man and woman Wednesday accused of breaking into a house in Dudley in January, according to a press release. Gilberto Rodriguez Jr., 22, and Melissa Deluna, 18, are accused of breaking into a...

Update on boy who accidentally shot himself

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Police Department says the young boy who accidentally shot himself in the ankle Feb. 2, told police officers his mother's boyfriend gave him the handgun. Jaron Mykel Langston, 27, of 1103 Maple St.,...

Second Act Communities present design for large-scale project in downtown Goldsboro

Nearly 60 people were able to get a first look of design possibilities for a mixed residential and commercial property that could become one of the largest-scale projects in downtown Goldsboro in decades. Second Act Communities, a Virginia-based nonprofit,...

'Let's Feed the Kitty' slated for Feb. 11

MOUNT OLIVE -- Tony and Lori Martin are asking for the public's help on Saturday, Feb. 11, to "Let's Feed the Kitty." The Martins are participating in this year's King and Queen Gala as part of the Kitty Askins Hospice...

Eastpointe consolidation vote

MOUNT OLIVE -- Eastpointe Human Services, which oversees mental health, substance abuse and disability services in 12 counties including Wayne, is positioned to become part of one of the state's largest behavioral health organizations. The Eastpointe board voted unanimously Wednesday...

County finds a way to save money on school construction project

A workaround of state law will allow Wayne County to recoup sales tax revenues from the Meadow Lane Elementary School project. It also will give the county ownership of the new school that in turn will be leased back to...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Eastpointe Human Services agrees to merger with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

The Eastpointe Human Services board of directors voted unanimously Wednesday to consolidate operations under the umbrella of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. Eastpointe, funded through federal, state and local tax dollars, oversees mental health, substance abuse and disability services to 12 counties,...

Child abuse charges added against man police say gave 8-year-old gun he used to shoot self

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Police Department says the young boy who accidentally shot himself in the ankle Feb. 2, told police officers his mother's boyfriend gave him the handgun. Jaron Mykel Langston, 27, of 1103 Maple St., was...

Alleged marijuana candy maker arrested

The Goldsboro Police Department arrested the man accused by Pikeville police of creating THC-infused candies made to look like Sour Patch Kids. Brandon Jackson Duren, 22, of 508 W. New Hope Road, turned himself in Tuesday afternoon at the Wayne...

Southeastern Medical Oncology Center expands

Southeastern Medical Oncology Center is able to serve more clients with the recent expansion of its chemotherapy department. SMOC, located at 203 Cox Blvd., has added an infusion area for non-chemotherapy clients. The new area was added into previously...

County OKs 911 center design

The schematic floor plan for Wayne County's new $3.8 million 911 call center was unanimously approved Tuesday morning by Wayne County commissioners. The vote clears the way for Stewart, Cooper, Newell Architects to proceed with the full design and...

Hospital employees hit by Hurricane Matthew get help

When Hurricane Matthew struck in October, the North Carolina Hospital Association wanted to know how hospitals across the state fared. "Our immediate concern was whether hospitals could remain open to serve their communities," said Millie Harding, senior vice president...

School system takes hiring process digital

Wayne County Public Schools has launched a way to apply online for jobs in the school system. Gone are the days of having to make time to get to the central office to check out job postings or fill out...

Three wanted by law officers

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in finding three wanted men, each with various outstanding warrants or orders for their arrest. Deromie Lee Bizzell, 26, is wanted for two counts of possession with intent to sell or...

Board of Education likes idea of smaller classes, cannot pay for them

The Wayne County Board of Education approved a long list of policy updates and changes at its meeting Monday evening, and also recognized students and staff for various achievements. The action item on the agenda was for the board...

Man stabbed in dispute over whether he could be on neighbor's property

A man was cut during a domestic dispute Monday night on North Slocumb Street over whether he was allowed to be on someone else's property, police said. Officers were dispatched to 408 N. Slocumb St. in reference to someone...

Drug charges filed after traffic stop

Wayne County sheriff's deputies arrested a man during a traffic stop Saturday for possession of cocaine and marijuana, according to a press release. James Nathaniel Herndon Jr., 22, of 1609 Riverknoll Drive, Raleigh, is charged with felony possession of...

Man charged in stabbing

Police arrested a man for allegedly stabbing a woman inside a Herman Street residence Saturday night, according to police reports. Demond Maybanks, 32, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly stabbing a woman in her neck after...

Teaching more than strokes on a canvas

Christy Sullivan looked over a student's shoulder at his painting. She questioned the bright pink tone of the portrait's skin, but she stared at the light and texture of the fabric and buttons worn by the person in the painting....

Man stabbed during failed robbery

Someone stabbed a man in the elbow Tuesday morning when he refused to give them anything while they were trying to rob him, according to a police report. Daniel Lamar Young, 23, told police he was walking west on Lemon...

Crime of the Week

On Feb. 3 at approximately 3:10 p.m., officers of the Goldsboro Police Department responded to the 900 block of Lincoln Drive in reference to a robbery. Officers made contact with a delivery driver for Wayne Pharmacy. The employee said that...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Firefighter escapes injury as barn burns

FREMONT -- A fire Tuesday afternoon at 2331 Airport Road gutted a barn behind the house and scorched a vehicle that was parked inside the structure. Blake Allen, the property owner, said he was inside his house at the address...

Pikeville police: Local man wanted for making marijuana-infused candies

The Pikeville Police Department has secured arrest warrants for a man accused of creating marijuana-infused candies to sell, according to a press release. According to the report, on Jan. 28 officers from the Pikeville and Fremont police departments responded to...

Police officer honored for saving life of victim

MOUNT OLIVE -- Patrolman Ian Dillard with the Mount Olive Police Department saw a trail of blood on the railroad tracks. Dillard, 28, followed the tracks on Center Street and came upon a man bleeding from a gunshot wound to the...

Cocaine, marijuana found during traffic stop

Wayne County sheriff's deputies arrested a man during a traffic stop Saturday for possession of cocaine and marijuana, according to a press release. James Nathaniel Herndon Jr., 22, of 1609 Riverknoll Drive, Raleigh, is charged with felony possession of cocaine...

Water tower undergoes minor repairs for rust spots

A rusted pinnacle topping the city's water tank on Center Street was removed by T.A. Loving Co. crews Monday. The 30-foot-high pinnacle, which was attached to the top of the tank, was taken off by a crane during the half-day...

Race, department head qualifications dominate contentious city council meeting

A heated exchange between several Goldsboro City Council members sent the board into closed session after the police chief was named during a social media policy discussion. The council, which met Monday for a work session, planned to discuss personnel-related...

Police investigate stabbing Monday night, no charges filed

A man was cut during a domestic dispute Monday night on North Slocumb Street over whether he was allowed to be on someone else's property, police said. Officers were dispatched to 408 N. Slocumb St. in reference to someone being...

8-year-old boy shoots himself in foot

MOUNT OLIVE -- A young boy accidentally shot himself in the ankle after he found his mother's boyfriend's handgun Thursday, according to the Mount Olive Police Department. An 8-year-old boy was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital by his mother, Takeata...

Monday, February 6, 2017

Man charged after alleged stabbing

Police arrested a man for allegedly stabbing a woman inside a Herman Street residence Saturday night, according to police reports. Demond Maybanks, 32, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly stabbing a woman in her neck after...

Mount Olive commissioner announces bid for mayor

MOUNT OLIVE -- District 4 town Commissioner Joe Scott has announced he will run for mayor in the November municipal election. Filing does not begin until July. "Encouraged by my wife, I feel that this is the right time to...

Commissioners expected to approve plans Tuesday for new 911 call center

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning are expected to approve plans for a new 911 call center. But first they will need to work out differences they have with County manager George Wood over the proposal. Commissioners plan to pay cash...

Legislators take closer look at wind farm

State House Majority Leader John Bell of Goldsboro is among a group of 11 state legislators who have asked Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly to take another look at a soon-to-be-completed wind farm in northeastern North Carolina. That...

Parks and rec programs for seniors

These programs sponsored by the city of Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department are open to people age 50 years and above: 50+ Pajama party Ladies 50 and above Thursday, Feb.23, 6 p.m. The Senior House at Herman Park Center Enjoy...

Virtual collection expands to children at Wayne Library

Access to children's books and materials from the Wayne County Public Library just got easier. Sort of like Netflix, but with books. A virtual collection has been added that includes 3,029 eBooks, 689 audiobooks and 37 streaming videos --...

Documentary film to be shown at St. Mark Church

The Wayne County Community Collaboration will present a viewing of the film "Democracy for Sale" on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. at St. Mark Church of Christ at 700 W. Ash St. Zach Galifianakis, the comic star of...

Wanted: Sheriff's office looking for three men wanted on separate charges

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in finding three wanted men, each with various outstanding warrants or orders for their arrest. Deromie Lee Bizzell, 26, is wanted for two counts of possession with intent to sell or...

Police: 33 rounds fired at house Sunday night

Nearly three dozen bullets were fired at a house at 408 S. Leslie St. Sunday, according to a Goldsboro police report. No injuries were reported, but this is the third time the house has been shot into since Jan. 17,...

Chili cooks: How hot is your batch?

MOUNT OLIVE  -- Calling all chili cookers. The N.C. Pickle Festival will again host a homestyle chili cookoff during its 31st annual event Saturday, April 29, in downtown Mount Olive. Presented by First South Bank and the Goldsboro News-Argus, the...

Saturday, February 4, 2017

City bus system to extend hours

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transporation Authority will be extending service by two hours on the Purple, Blue and Green routes beginning Monday, Feb. 6, and running through Saturday, May 6. Visit the website ridegwta.com and click on the maps section for...

School Board to consider policy changes

The Wayne County Board of Education will tackle a long list of policy changes and updates at its meeting Monday at 3 p.m., including changes to teacher dress code and tuition for out-of-district students. The policies, of which there are...

ACA or not, thousands suffer without Medicaid

Wayne County is not immune to the potential fallout if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and not replaced. In some ways, health insurance coverage for the poor has fallen by the wayside on the county level from the beginning...

City to discuss Herman Park Center

The Goldsboro City Council will consider selecting design plans for a new Herman Park Recreation Center and review several financing agreements during its meeting Monday. The council will meet at 5 p.m. for a work session in the City Hall...

Costumed characters invade downtown

Star Wars characters Boba Fett and Kylo Ren never appear in the same movie. They are part of the same intergalactic science fiction franchise, but never overlap on the big screen. But they were at least in the same...

Downtown plan to be unveiled

A Virginia-based nonprofit developer interested in building a multi-million dollar residential and commercial building in downtown Goldsboro will host a public design input meeting Tuesday. Second Act Communities, interested in constructing a multi-level, mixed-use property on South Center Street, will...

Justice for A'Tiya

A'Tiya TiJonna Maddox skipped to her work station after giving her mother and the general manager of Deacon Jones Nissan each a kiss on the cheek when she came into work Thursday, July 21. "That particular day she came in...

Fire consumes house thought to be vacant

A house burned to the ground Saturday night on Hickory Crossroads Road. Around half a dozen fire departments responded to the structure fire call at 6:11 p.m. at 6262 Hickory Crossroads Road, said Princeton Fire Department Chief Ken Starling. "I...

Coming Sunday: A'Tiya Maddox's murder remains unsolved

A'Tiya TiJonna Maddox skipped to her work station after giving her mother and the general manager of Deacon Jones Nissan each a kiss on the cheek when she came into work Thursday, July 21. "That particular day she came in...

Pharmacy delivery driver robbed

Someone robbed a Wayne Pharmacy delivery driver Friday afternoon while he was in the 900 block of Lincoln Drive, according to a police report. The report said Charles Miller Vanhoy was at the trunk of his vehicle preparing his next...

Boutique supports African orphans

"Karibu, welcome to Nashona." Patrons were greeted in Swahili as they entered historic downtown Goldsboro's newest retail outlet Saturday. Tanzania, Africa, is home to the loud, African-print textiles now on sale in Lillian Danieli's Nashona Boutique, located at 119 N....

Friday, February 3, 2017

UPDATE: C.B. Aycock search results in charges for marijuana, seizure of stun gun

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office conducted a random search at Charles B. Aycock High School Thursday morning to look for drugs and contraband.Maj. Tom Effler with the sheriff's office said authorities recovered a small amount of marijuana and some drug...

City asks residents for input on needs

City of Goldsboro administrative staff is gearing up for the city council's annual retreat by asking residents their views on the needs, problems and goals for the city. Residents can complete an online survey and provide input, through Feb....

Mount Olive chamber, Jaycees honor contributions

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce and the Jaycees Thursday night paid tribute to several area residents and organizations for their leadership and contributions to the community. The awards were presented during the Chamber's and...

Kitchen fire sends one person to the hospital

An early morning kitchen fire in the city Friday sent one person to the hospital and severely damaged a home. The Goldsboro Fire Department responded to a kitchen fire at 1404 Laurel St. around 7:20 a.m. The fire was knocked...

Sex offenders charged in separate cases

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested two sex offenders for separate offenses after one used Facebook and the other failed to report to the sheriff's office for a mandatory in-person appearance. Travories Donnell Collier, 33, of 1365-B Parkstown Road, LaGrange,...

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sheriff's Office conducts drug sweep at high school

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office conducted a random search at Charles B. Aycock High School this morning to look for drugs and contraband. Maj. Tom Effler with the sheriff's office said authorities recovered a small amount of marijuana and some...

Wanted man fights cops while broken down on the side of the road

A man is facing a litany of charges after allegedly fighting sheriff's deputies when they tried to serve warrants on him while his car was broken down on the side of the highway Wednesday. According to an incident report filed...

Home gutted by fire

A fire on Parkstown Road this morning gutted a home and blocked traffic both ways for more than an hour. Several fire departments responded to a structure fire call around 7:35 a.m. and arrived at 1357 Parkstown Road to find...

Hinson to be featured on television show

Mackenzie Hinson of Mount Olive was to have been the featured guest this afternoon on The Harry Show featuring Harry Connick Jr. It was to have aired at 2 p.m. on CW22. Mackenzie, 12, after volunteering at several food banks,...

City seeks votes for design of center

The city of Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department is soliciting votes from the public on their top pick for the design of a future Herman Park Recreation Center on Ash Street. The top two designs are available for viewing...

Working house fire in the county

Update -- Firefighters at the scene now say the fire at 1351 Parkstown Road is out. New Hope, El-Roy and Saulston volunteer fire departments are working to put out a residential structure fire at 1351 Parkstown Road. There is...

Vacant house fire sends one alleged squatter to burn unit

Firefighters rescued a man from a second-story window Tuesday night after the house he and several other people were in caught fire and became fully engulfed. Goldsboro Fire Department responded to a call of a structure fire with one person...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Convenience store raided by Wayne County ABC Law Enforcement

State and county alcohol law enforcement officials raided Five Star Discount convenience store on Central Heights Road today for selling wine and beer without a permit. Wayne County ABC Law Enforcement Chief Joe Sadler said approximately $3,000 wholesale value worth...

Young Republicans name new chairman

The Wayne County Young Republicans organization, revived last September just in time to help out in the election campaign, is looking for new members. It is looking for members not only interested in politics, but just as importantly helping...

Lessons from grandfather

Shirley Edwards looks at her grandfather's picture which sits on the end table in her living room. She does not see a white man or a black man. Edwards simply sees an amazing human being. "I never knew there...

Stormwater Stakeholder Committee meets this week

The first meeting of the Stormwater Stakeholder Committee is planned this week as members gear up to consider whether a new stormwater fee is needed in Goldsboro. The committee will meet Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Wayne County...

House shot into twice in one month, no injuries or suspects

Police are investigating a shooting at 408 S. Leslie St. that took place Sunday night. The incident marks the second time the house has been shot into this month. Multiple shots were fired into the home Sunday, but nobody...

Pikeville Town Hall available for acquisition

The town of Pikeville's old Town Hall trailer is available for acquisition, according to a notice posted on the town's website. The town moved their operations from the trailer, which sits at 100 W. School St., to another trailer directly...

Host families needed for high school exchange students

Host families are needed for exchange students arriving in August. Would your family be willing to volunteer and host a foreign exchange high school student to attend Southern Wayne High School next August? Do you have an extra bedroom or...

Sir Walter Wally to tell how long winter will last

RALEIGH -- Will there be an early spring? Or will winter linger? Groundhog Sir Walter Wally will whisper his prediction for the year to Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane at noon on Thursday, Feb. 2, in front of the N.C....

Crime of the week

On Jan. 28, at approximately 5:20 a.m., officers of the Goldsboro Police Department responded to the Circle K convenience store at 600 N. Spence Ave., in reference to a robbery. Officers made contact with an employee, who said she was...

Continental Societies Inc. commemorates 55 years

Members of the Goldsboro Chapter Continental Societies Inc. commemorated 55 years of service to children and youth in Goldsboro and surrounding counties at a luncheon recently held at the Holy Ghost Drawing Center-Community Crisis Center. The theme for the...

Carolina Games Summit returns to Goldsboro

Science fiction fanatics, video game enthusiasts and industry leaders will turn downtown Goldsboro into a video game haven this weekend during the return of the Carolina Games Summit. Cosplay will be on hand, with locals and visitors dressing up...

NCDOT: Hinnant Road will be closed Thursday for repairs from Hurricane Matthew

FREMONT -- Hinnant Road will be closed temporarily starting Thursday. The N.C. Department of Transportation will close the road in order to make permanent repairs after damage from Hurricane Matthew. It will be closed at 1801 Hinnant Road for about...

Former 4th Fighter Wing commander named head of 19th Air Force

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has announced the assignment of a former 4th Fighter Wing commander as commander of the 19th Air Force stationed at JBSA-Randolph, Texas. Brig. Gen. Patrick Doherty was commader of the 4th Fighter...