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Monday, April 24, 2017

Manhunt resumes for armed man, now possible murder suspect

Update ---- 6:45 p.m. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office now says Ricky Terrell Ward, 33,  is a "possible" murder suspect in relation to Sunday night's shooting death of David Demarlo Thompson, 35. Thompson was shot and killed in the back...

County under flash flood watch

Wayne County and most of central North Carolina is under a flood watch with flash flooding possible today through early Tuesday morning. Periods of heavy rain are expected today and tonight with rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches expected...

Shortage of homes, more children causes foster care program crisis

The foster care crisis around the state is being felt in Wayne County, with growing numbers of children being put into the system and a shortage of homes in which to place them, said Debbie Jones, director of Wayne County...

Report: Seymour Johnson Air Force Base a boon for economy

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base helped to increase employment for Goldsboro and Wayne County last year with nearly 800 civilians finding jobs with the base. According to the base's 2016 economic impact report, Seymour Johnson spent $705 million on local...

Kindergarten registration begins Tuesday

Kindergarten registration for Wayne County Public Schools  will be Tuesday at 13 elementary schools. It will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at most of the schools, with the exception of Edgewood Community Developmental School and North Drive...

Sheriff's Office investigates two homicides over weekend

DUDLEY -- The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating a murder that happened Sunday night on Arrowhead Road. David Demarlo Thompson, 35, of 109 Arrowhead Road, was found in his backyard suffering from several gunshot wounds around 9:30 p.m. when...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bouncer killed in bar fight, two charged

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Two Wayne County men are charged with murder after allegedly beating a security staff member to death outside Maynard's Night Club Saturday night, according to a press release from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Jerry Wayne Anthony...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Three assistants become finalists

Three instructional assistants with Wayne County Public Schools have been selected as finalists in the running for the distinction of being 2017 Instructional Assistant of the Year. The district program, modeled after the Teacher of the Year, highlights the...

'Repair cafe' to be held at Northview Church

Northview Baptist Church will hold a "repair cafe" on Saturday, June 3 at the church at 600 Patetown Road. What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike when the wheel runs out of true? Or with...

Pickle Festival begins Friday

MOUNT OLIVE -- Hike the Pickle Trail and discover pickle-flavored popcorn, snow cones and even free pickles. Those with a real appetite for pickles can test themselves to see if they can down a bowl of kosher dill pickles in...

Brookdale holds community event featuring Phil Ford

Adam Combs slid a familiar picture on a table to former University of North Carolina Tar Heels point guard Phil Ford. Ford stared closely and was reminded of what he looked like 21 years ago. "I'm seeing me more as...

Through the camera lens

Samer Kasbari can be at the edge of the Grand Canyon, in the mountains overlooking a lake or in a forest surrounded by foliage and he might stand there for a long time waiting to take the perfect photograph. "So...

Guardian ad Litem honors volunteers

Guardian ad Litem volunteers serving hundreds of children in Wayne, Lenoir and Greene counties were recognized Friday for their service to the community. The District 8 Guardian ad Litem program, which serves nearly 300 children in the three-county area,...

Quilt to be raffled to raise money for Cures for Colors

Marion Atkins Adair helps raise money for Southeastern Cancer Care's Cures for the Colors in an unusual way -- by making a quilt each year to be raffled off. The quilt is on display at Southeastern Medical Oncology Center....

Arts Council to host May events

The Arts Council of Wayne County will have three major events in May. The first will be a Cinco de Mayo party May 5 from 5 to 8 during its regular First Friday event. There will be Cinco de Mayo-themed...

Driver crosses center line, vehicle flips

A man was injured when he crossed the center line and ran into a ditch on Genoa Road near the intersection of Outlaw Road Friday night.William Earl King was driving Pontiac Vibe when it hit a ditch and then flipped...

Man charged with larceny after selling stolen items to pawn shop

A man allegedly stole items from a Mount Olive couple's home one week ago and sold the items to a local pawn shop and a jewelry store. According to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office press release, Joseph Michael Phillips, 26,...

Wayne Community College's Adult High School Program honors three

Wayne Community College's Adult High School Program has honored three students for outstanding academic achievement. Bailey Jewel Evers, Jason Edward Benner, and Nakia Shadai Tune made the Scholars List for the Spring 1 2017 session. To receive this honor, students...

Friday, April 21, 2017

Jury selection starts, stops in Stancil first-degree murder trial

Jury selection began today in the first-degree murder trial of 22-year-old Kenneth Morgan Stancil III. Stancil is accused of shooting and killing Wayne Community College print shop technician Ron Lane on April 13, 2015, on the school's campus. He is...

Jury convicts Alquan Hill in 2014 murder of mother of three

Update ---- 2:42 p.m. Alquan De-Shawn Hill will serve life in prison without parole after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder in Wayne County Superior Court today. Hill was also convicted of assault with a deadly weapon with intent...

16-year-old charged in shooting of a family member

Wayne County Sheriff's Office deputies called to a Dudley home Thursday night said they found a man shot in the leg by a family member. According to the report, deputies saw "several" neighbors outside waiving their arms for deputies to...

Relay for Life survivors banquet

Jo Sutton was one of the oldest cancer survivors in the audience at Thursday night's Relay for Life Survivors Banquet at First Pentecostal Holiness Church. "I had lung cancer in 2008," the 85-year-old said. Over the years since, she...

Make A Difference

Gov. Roy Cooper has named Mackenzie Hinson of the Grantham community as the state's first "spokeskid" for his Youth Make a Difference Days initiative. Cooper was in Goldsboro Thursday afternoon for a roundtable discussion held in the county's emergency...

Police: Woman returns to store she twice shoplifted from, is charged

A woman who allegedly stole headphones at U.S. Cellular earlier this week was arrested at the store Thursday. Crystal Smith Ezzell, 30, of 105 Dee Dee Place, entered the store April 11, and April 17, with an infant child and...

Cooper: Lack of affordable housing hindered hurricane recovery

A lack of affordable housing in Wayne County and across eastern North Carolina has hindered efforts to relocate people who lost their homes because of Hurricane Matthew, Gov. Roy Cooper said. The  storm put a spotlight on things that leaders...

Murder case to go to jury today

Jury deliberation in the murder trial of Alquan De-shawn Hill begins today after both sides presented closing arguments Thursday afternoon. The trial has gone on since April 10. Hill is accused of taking part in the killing of a 21-year-old...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Governor stops in Goldsboro to talk recovery

Gov. Roy Cooper stopped by Wayne County Thursday afternoon to hear concerns from local leaders about their unmet needs and their ideas on the state's efforts to help communities recover from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in October. Cooper and...

Traffic stop results in drug arrest

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office drug unit found heroin in a Goldsboro woman's vehicle after she consented to a search during a traffic stop Wednesday, according to a press release. Amanda Gail Freeman, 23, of 103 E. Parks Road, was...

Hill testifies in own defense

Both the prosecution and defense rested Wednesday in the ongoing first-degree murder trial of Alquan De-shawn Hill. Hill took the stand in his own defense Wednesday. He is accused of taking part in the killing of a 21-year-old mother...

County bickers over Gov. Aycock birthplace

The legacy of Gov. Charles B. Aycock continues to be a divisive one and Tuesday morning had Wayne County commissioners bickering over a resolution asking the state to continue funding for the Charles B. Aycock Birthplace near Fremont. Aycock,...

W.A. Foster Center gives indoor soccer league sure footing

The W.A. Foster Recreation Center has added a new indoor soccer league that is already drawing close to 85 players. The soccer league started April 12 and continues every Wednesday night, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and so...

Wayne UNC Health Care names 2017 honoree

Elnora Newsome has become quite adept at ducking photo opportunities, Donna Archer told the crowd at this year's volunteer recognition event for Wayne UNC Health Care. She couldn't avoid having her picture taken, though, after being named the hospital's 2017...

Community policing now part of career advancement

Officers with the Goldsboro Police Department cleaned up yards and delivered Meals on Wheels Monday as part of the department's first-ever community policing class. The ideas to clean up yards around the community and deliver Meals on Wheels came from...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

County to receive $300,000 for EMS station in Seven Springs

Wayne County will receive $300,000 to build a new EMS station in the Seven Springs community to replace the one flooded by Hurricane Matthew in October. No timetable has been announced for the new facility, but the county is negotiating...

Testimony continues in murder trial

Testimony given Tuesday in the ongoing first-degree murder trial of Alquan Hill by two men who were there the night 21-year-old Shanekqua Adriana Thompson was gunned down revealed Hill bragged about the shooting. Thompson died after eight men -- identified...

Board passes bond sales

Wayne County is expected to close by the end of the month on a $42 million bond issue for schools, the Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center and several other projects. Only two people spoke during a Tuesday morning public...

Program offers resources, not handouts

The 4-Day Movement, launched in 2013 to connect residents in need with resources "four days at a time," is expanding. Founder D.J. Coles has spent the past four years building up the non-profit as a go-to organization for those who...

City government goes social

The Orlando Police Department tapped into social media as the fastest way to connect with people following the Pulse nightclub mass shooting last year. And before news ever broke about the Lake Erie algae bloom that contaminated public water supplies...

Pickle eating contest set for festival

MOUNT OLIVE  -- So just how many pickles can you eat in one sitting? The 31 annual North Carolina Pickle Festival will offer you chance to answer that questions at its first-ever  pickle-eating contest on Saturday, April 29. The contest...

Teacher of the Year narrowed to three

Wayne County Public Schools has announced three finalists for the district's 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year. The local effort is part of the national Teacher of the Year program that has been around for more than 50 years. Earlier, 32...

Fremont resident honored for act of kindness

FREMONT -- The Fremont Board of Aldermen recognized a town resident for an act of kindness at its meeting Tuesday night, and also addressed enforcement of their new garbage fine ordnance. Fremont Police Chief Paul Moats presented Fremont resident Frances...

The case of the missing rifle: $30,000 antique rifle reported stolen

A $30,000 antique rifle went missing from the Wayne County Museum last month, according to a Goldsboro police report. And while no one is pointing fingers, neither does anyone seem able to say exactly where the artifact is or from...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wayne County Public Schools recognize top student artists

Wayne County Public Schools recently recognized student artists during the 2016-17 Visual Arts Awards ceremony held at Goldsboro High School. Categories and their respective recipients include the following: Superintendent's Choice Art * Grades K-2 Division: Omar Ortiz of Brogden...

Public health essay contest open to teen contestants

Wayne County high school students are invited to participate in the annual Charles T. Gibson Teen Public Health Leadership essay contest. Students in grades 9-12, representing public, private and homeschools are eligible to participate in the contest, which offers...

Woman who was reported missing is found

Police in Brooklyn, New York verified this morning that a woman reported missing from Goldsboro April 7 has been found safe and secure. According to a Goldsboro Police Department press release issued early this morning, Lakeyisha Vonette Jones, 38,...

Mechatronics Day at WCC April 27

One of the newest programs at Wayne Community College will be showcased during Mechatronics Day on Thursday, April 27. Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of science that includes mechanical engineering, electronics, systems engineering and control engineering. At WCC, students...

City to operate public pools, lifeguard positions available

The city of Goldsboro plans to start offering lifeguard jobs for $10 an hour in an effort to ramp up staffing levels to open the city's two public pools by Memorial Day. The city, which plans to advertise the...

Seven Springs seeks options to stay afloat

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Floodwaters from the Neuse River have nearly washed away this historic riverside village twice in just the past 17 years. Now residents here in the county's oldest town say that the river that unleashed historic flooding following...

Seven Springs seeks options to stay afloat

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Floodwaters from the Neuse River have nearly washed away this historic riverside village twice in just the past 17 years. Now residents here in the county's oldest town say that the river that unleashed historic flooding following...

Murder trial moves into second week

A hearing on whether certain video clips would be allowed as evidence in the first-degree murder trial of Alquan Hill consumed most of the day Monday. As the trial entered its fifth day, the prosecution and defense made arguments about...

Monday, April 17, 2017

Dog survives house fire in Mount Olive

A Mount Olive man returned from work to find his house on fire Thursday. It took firefighters from six departments to contain the blaze. Just before 2 p.m., the Mount Olive Fire Department responded to a house fire at 111...

Teen charged with drug, gun possession

A man is facing felony charges after authorities found a gun and marijuana in his car during a traffic stop Friday, according to a press release. Brian Diontae Darden, 17, of 803 Olivia Lane, is charged with felony possession with...

Home invasion, shooting victim charged with selling meth

A man who was shot in the leg during a home invasion is now facing felony drug charges after deputies searched his home and found 22 grams of what they believe to be methamphetamine, according to a press release. Christopher...

Sweet and seasonal

Brittany Turnage purchases freshly picked strawberries from produce vendor Andy Cashwell Friday afternoon at Cottle Farms southwest of Goldsboro. State agriculture officials say recent freezes did not hurt the crop and that the season will hit high gear this week...

Board to hold bond hearing Tuesday

The public will have the opportunity Tuesday to comment on a proposal by Wayne County commissioners to borrow $42 million for schools and other projects. A public hearing on the plan to sell bonds to finance the projects will...

Relay makes push for funds

Support for Relay for Life this year is more important than ever, says its local director, reacting to threats that the federal government is proposing cutting nearly $1 billion out of cancer research funding. The federal government is the...

Biography of Gertrude Weil released this month

A biography of Gertrude Weil is being released this month and Wayne County residents will have a chance to hear the author speak at the Wayne County Public Library on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m.. A book signing will...

WCC to hold three commencement ceremonies to accomodate growing number of graduates

Wayne Community College will hold three commencement ceremonies this spring, splitting off its college credit event to accommodate the growing number of graduates. For years the institution traditionally held ceremonies outside, with seating provided in the adjacent bleachers and the...

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter extravaganza

The Bethel Church Easter bunny greets children during the Easter extravaganza at Herman Park on Saturday....

Wayne schools excel in technical skills competition

This is competition season for teachers and students in the career and technical programs of Wayne County Public Schools. Two schools have recently earned state recognitions and are gearing up for the national events, said Beverly Boltinhouse, acting director of...

Expenses exceed revenue for municipal golf course

The Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course was initially envisioned to be a money maker for the city, but it has failed to deliver since the city started managing the facility in 1999. During the past 18 years, the course has not...

Lobster/Shrimp Fest planned

Wayne County, get your mouths ready for some authentic Maine lobster and shrimp because the 13th annual Lobster/Shrimp Fest is coming. The fundraiser for the Partnership for Children of Wayne County will be held May 5. Tickets are $25 and...

Internet parlor hearing Monday

The Goldsboro City Council will hold a public hearing Monday for proposed ordinance changes for internet sweepstake businesses in the city. The hearing will be held during the council's regular meeting at 7 p.m. in City Hall at 214 N....

LaGrange man shot in leg during home invasion

A LaGrange man was shot in the leg while another man was pistol-whipped during a home invasion Wednesday night, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said. According to a report, two people were at the residence in the 400 block...

Drastic cuts if school mandate sticks

General Assembly-mandated school class size reductions would, for Wayne County Public Schools, mean cutting around 70 positions in art, music, physical education and other areas, school officials said during a Wayne County Board of Education work session Thursday. The changes,...

Goldsboro Family Y drops city pools

The yearly struggle to hire enough lifeguards and other financial challenges led to a Goldsboro Family YMCA decision to no longer manage and operate the city's two public swimming pools. The YMCA, which has operated the pools for nearly 16...

Dog walk for life

Tink, a rescued female terrier-mix puppy, was in attendance during the Relay for Life dog walk Saturday at Waynesborough Park. Relay for Life will be held May 19 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds....

Police: Woman hit in the head with shovel at Serena Inn

Revenge appears to have been the motive behind an assault in which a woman was hit in the head with a shovel. Goldsboro police were called to a welfare check around 10 p.m. Friday in room 157 at the Serena...

Hitting the road: Gas prices rise as weather warms

Gasoline prices are at their highest mark in 19 months and prices will continue to rise based on consumer demand. The price of gasoline started to increase in late March and will continue as gas stations make the transition over...

Friday, April 14, 2017

Man charged with heroin trafficking, gun possession

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office drug unit investigated a Dudley man Wednesday and found 13 grams of heroin valued at $13,000 at his home. According to a press release, the sheriff's office along with the Goldsboro Police Department drug unit...

Airport to get new hangar

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Town Board has awarded a $1,305,650 contract to Daniels and Daniels Construction Co. of Goldsboro for a 10,000-square-foot hangar at the town's airport. The 100-foot-by-100-foot building will be constructed on property on the...

Two men arrested for cocaine-related offenses

Wayne County Sheriff's Office found cocaine on two men during separate arrests Wednesday. According to a press release, the Wayne County Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team along with SWAT Team members executed a search warrant at the home of Samuel Gales...

Police officers use Taser to stop pit bull

Police officers used a Taser to stop a pit bull dog after it charged at them Wednesday afternoon. According to a Goldsboro Police report, the owner allowed the dog to run loose in the 200 block of Neil Street...

Lawmen on lookout for speeders

The major cause of injuries and fatalities on North Carolina roads is still blamed on speeding. And from today until Sunday at 1 a.m., law enforcement will conduct North Carolina Department of Transportation's Obey the Sign or Pay the...

Bark for Life to be held Saturday

Bark for Life, a new fundraiser for Relay for Life, will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Old Waynesborough Park on U.S. 117 Bypass. The family event is free and open the public, says organizer Nancy...

New food truck opens to fight food insecurities

When it comes to helping the community, dedication and perseverance pay off. For Danny King, executive director of Wayne County nonprofit A Lot of Direction, Love and Affection, nearly a year of hard work came to fruition Thursday afternoon, as...

Mother of victim testifies in murder trial

Renee Thompson took the stand in Wayne County Superior Court Thursday to identify for jurors the body of her slain daughter. She then shared details about the last time she saw Shanekqua Adriana Thompson alive before finding out she had...

Jack Kannan named interim executive director of Wayne Memorial Hospital Foundation

Jack Kannan has been named interim executive director of the new Wayne Memorial Hospital Foundation that will serve as the fundraising arm of the hospital. His hiring was announced by Wayne Health Corp. board member Susan McCall during the board's...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Man shot during home invasion

A La Grange man was shot in the leg and another man was pistol-whipped during a home invasion Wednesday night, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said. According to a report, two people were at the residence in the 400 block...

Inmate, wife charged after botched escape attempt

An ill-fated escape attempt landed a Pikeville couple in jail Thursday morning after officials said the wife tried to free her husband from an inmate work detail. The couple were apprehended separately within about an hour of the attempted...

Captured: Inmate who walked away from roadside detail apprehended

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office captured an escaped inmate this morning it says walked away from a roadside detail in the Dudley area. Joseph Doyle Perkins was captured near the intersection of Swinson Drive and Club Knolls Road in...

Youth employment program is now accepting applications

Teenagers interested in working a summer job will get a boost with a newly created youth employment program. Applications for the Summer Youth Employment Initiative are being accepted on the city of Goldsboro's website, and at least 50 jobs will...

Garden Festival and Plant Sale to benefit Extension Service

Linda McLendon of Dudley enjoys watching the seeds she plants sprout. As a Wayne County Extension Service Master Gardener volunteer since 1999, Mrs. McLendon also enjoys knowing that people who purchase plants grown by the volunteers are getting a quality...

Witnesses, video detail shooting

Witnesses in the first-degree murder trial of Alquan Hill recounted previously undisclosed details of the October 2014 killing of Shanekqua Adriana Thompson as testimony got underway Wednesday in Wayne County Superior Court. Thompson, the 21-year-old mother of three, died while...

Sheriff's Office searching for escaped inmate

Update ---- At 10:08 a.m. officials released a correction to the escaped inmate's name. He is Joseph Doyle Perkins. Perkins was not the driver of the gold Ford Fusion with a cracked windshield that he initially took off in. Deputies...

Officers shock pit bull they say charged at them

Police officers used a Taser to stop a female pit bulldog after it charged at them Wednesday afternoon. According to a Goldsboro Police report, the owner allowed the dog to run loose in the 200 block of Neil Street shortly...

Downtown Goldsboro Merchants Association creates a new shopping experience

The Downtown Goldsboro Merchants Association has created a new shopping experience just in time for Mother's Day. Sip, Shop and Stroll will take place in downtown Goldsboro tonight, from 6 to 8 p.m. Participating merchants plan to offer wine samples...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Citizen's 911 call leads to arrest in motor vehicle break-in

People at a duplex apartment watched a man allegedly attempt to break into several cars early this morning. According to a Goldsboro Police report, Andrew Casey Hanner, 29, of 112 Woodside Circle, checked doors of six cars while witnesses observed...

Police talk woman armed with hatchet down from atop a parked car

A woman allegedly swung a hatchet at another woman and chased her as police officers arrived on scene to a call of a fight in progress early this morning. According to a Goldsboro Police report, Sarah Michael Benton, 17, of...

Rep. Jimmy Dixon decries previous solar energy policies

RALEIGH -- There is a place for solar power and for renewable energy in North Carolina. However, earlier legislation dealing with such facilities went too far and now the state is reaping "a very disastrous harvest," of what was...

Hospital update project kicks off

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon at Wayne Memorial Hospital for a $48 million project to update and replace the operating rooms that were originally built in the 1970s. Another $7 million will go to replace air handler...

All-County Choral Festival

High school students from Wayne County perform during the 2017 All-County Choral Festival Tuesday evening at Goldsboro High School....

Wayne Community College, N.C. A&T State University sign agreement

Wayne Community College has signed an agreement with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University giving transfer students a new bachelor's degree opportunity in agriculture, officials said. The transfer articulation agreement is for "2+2" programs between the institutions. WCC...

UMO students attend Phi Beta Lambda leadership conference

Three University of Mount Olive students recently attended the 75th Annual North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference (NCPBL SLC) in Charlotte. The students were accompanied by Sonya O'Brien and Dr. Norman Crumpacker, UMO-PBL Chapter co-advisers and members of...

Red Cross marks 100 years

The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. It will include a 100-pint blood drive May 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church. "We picked St....

National Day of Prayer to be held May 4 at Y

People of all religious denominations will come together next month to pray for this community, the state and the nation. The annual National Day of Prayer will take place May 4 at 7 p.m. at the Family Y. It started...

Crime of the week

On Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, at approximately 1:10 a.m., officers of the Goldsboro Police Department responded to a shots fired call in the 100 block of Astor Court. Once officers arrived on scene they found the victim, Shai Valentine, a...

Country Skillet closes

The Country Skillet, a Southern style restaurant known for its homecooked meals, is closed but may reopen under new management. Doyle Barnes, business owner, leased the property on Eastgate Drive near the Berkeley Mall to Michael Herring, a local...

City will not pay to repair damage to home

A Goldsboro homeowner who sustained nearly $20,000 in property damage from a backed-up city sewer line has learned that the city will not pay for the repairs. Mary O'Tuel, owner of the two-story Brookwood Lane home, and her daughter, Maria,...

Aycock math teacher honored

Becky Hare, math teacher at Charles B. Aycock High School, has been named Wayne County Public Schools' Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teacher of the Year. She was recognized at the annual N.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference held in Greensboro....

Robotics team heads to Houston

Wally the robot and 25 high school students arrived in Houston Wednesday, April 19, to compete in a national robotics tournament. Wayne County students involved in the 4-H robotics program built the 120-pound robot in six weeks to enter him...

Opening arguments in murder trial to begin today

Day two of Alquan Hill's first-degree murder trial wrapped up shortly after the jury for the case was seated Tuesday. Court adjourned for the day when an alternate juror -- one of four -- did not return to the courtroom...

Authorities seek information in 2016 shooting death

On Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, at approximately 1:10 a.m., officers of the Goldsboro Police Department responded to a shots fired call in the 100 block of Astor Court. Once officers arrived on scene they found the victim, Shai Valentine, a...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

City: Youths interested in summer jobs should apply online

Teenagers interested in working a summer job will get a boost with a newly created youth employment program. Applications for the Summer Youth Employment Initiative are being accepted on the city of Goldsboro's website, and at least 50 jobs will...

Fire destroys mobile home, two displaced

Two men watched their mobile home burn down Tuesday morning off of Dallas Road. Tyshone Turner, 23, and Tye Johnson, 20, saw the fire start at their home, located at 105 Curlew St., just after 10 a.m. Turner said he...

Students pepper sprayed, officer assaulted

Southern Wayne High School's resource officer pepper-sprayed two students fighting on a school bus and arrested another student who cussed at him and assaulted him Thursday after he broke up the fight, according to Wayne County Sheriff's Office reports....

Larry Bell won't run for re-election

At 77 years old and after nine terms in the state House of Representatives, Rep. Larry Bell is ready to call it a career. Bell announced at the Wayne County Democratic Party Convention Saturday that he will not seek...

Walnut Creek Country Club has good year

Officials with the Walnut Creek Country Club said the facility closed out another successful year in 2016. With almost 500 members, the club continues to exceed its budget expectations and expand programs in tennis, pool, golf, and other member services....

Local legislator focuses on agriculture, farmers

RALEIGH -- Farmers are overburdened by regulations and besieged by the "liberal media" and others who do not understand agriculture's importance to the county's growth and survival, Rep. Jimmy Dixon said. Government and regulations are among the biggest challenges...

Murder trial jury selection continues

Jury selection will continue today in the first-degree murder trial of Alquan Hill, who is accused of taking part in the Oct. 31, 2014, murder of then-21-year-old Shanekqua Adriana Thompson. Hill is allegedly part of a gang known as the...

Monday, April 10, 2017

Police: Shots fired into car as two men were parked in Berkeley Mall parking lot

Someone shot into a car in the Berkeley Mall parking lot Sunday night, but nobody was injured, according to police reports. The report said 38-year-old Tristen Deshay Melvin and 19-year-old Tyonne Daquez McKinnon were sitting in 2011 Chevrolet Impala when...

Hoops with Troops basketball tournament brings the base, community and local businesses together

The second annual Hoops with Troops basketball tournament took place at Goldsboro High School this weekend, with 24 teams competing across three age brackets.  The tournament began last year, when Dillard Academy Public Charter School after-school program employee Uhuru Ulyesse...

Child abuse, drug charges follow traffic stop

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop Friday which led to man's arrest for possession of cocaine and child abuse. According to a press release, Shelvon Tracy Rich, 43, of 112 Marlette Drive, was driving on N.C. 111...

Shavin' for the Army

They came. They saw. They shaved. A happy group of participants and onlookers gathered at the Flying Shamrock pub Saturday afternoon to watch as volunteers had their heads, mustaches and beards shaved off in support of Riley's Army, an...

Hoops with troops

The team from Harvey's Moving Company huddles together before their game during the first round of the second annual Hoops with Troops fundraiser for Dillard Academy at Goldsboro High School Saturday....

Council delays review of fees

The Goldsboro City Council held off on reviewing a proposed stormwater fee presentation but approved several business items during its recent meeting. Rick Fletcher, Goldsboro public works director, was prepared to present ideas from a newly formed stormwater committee,...

Choral Festival slated for Tuesday

Nearly 300 students representing 28 schools from Wayne County Public Schools will showcase their talents Tuesday night during the 2017 All County Choral Festival at 6:30 p.m. at Goldsboro High School. The event is free to the public. "This...

County ABC sales are up

Sales at the Walnut Creek ABC store have taken a hit since the new U.S. 70 Bypass opened, especially on Friday afternoons. But even with that drop, ABC sales in the county are up by 4 percent during the...

Pipeline access, no new facility at H.F. Lee Plant

Duke Energy has no plans to build any permanent facilities in the area of the H.F. Lee Plant active ash basin that the company is seeking to have removed from the floodway map of the Neuse River's 100-year flood plain,...

Saturday, April 8, 2017

WCC to summer classes open registration begins April 11

Even though spring is barely here, it time to think about summer classes. The first open registration period for summer 2017 college credit courses at Wayne Community College will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m., April 11-12 and 8 a.m.-noon, April 13...

Efton Sager awarded Order of the Longleaf Pine

Efton Sager is presented the Order of the Longleaf Pine Tuesday morning by state Rep. John Bell. Sager is a former Wayne County commissioner and state legislator. The award, the highest honor bestowed on a citizen by the governor, was...

Six Wayne County juniors to attend Governor's School

Six high school juniors have been chosen to attend the 2017 Governor's School of North Carolina this summer. Governor's School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically and intellectually gifted high school students. The program is open to...

Fair at Goldsboro High encourages health education and future planning

Though students asked more about jobs and colleges, organizations still shared some healthy tips Friday at Goldsboro High School's annual health and career fair. Students walked through the gym to speak with law enforcement, military personnel, educators and health professionals...

Operation Unite Goldsboro to meet

An effort to join nonprofits, businesses and other organizations serving the public is planned during the first meeting of Operation Unite Goldsboro. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Rebuilding Broken Places, 2105 N. William St. and is...

County to evaluate future of Health Department building

Wayne County plans to hire a Greenville architect firm to evaluate whether the County Office Building can be renovated or needs to be demolished. The building, which is the old Wayne Memorial Hospital, houses the Wayne County Health Department and...

Local, state offices to close for Good Friday

Local and state offices will be closed Friday, April 14, in observance of Good Friday. Federal offices, post offices and banks will be open. All Wayne County offices, the landfill and convenience centers will be closed Friday, April 14. The...

County Democrats choose new leadership during convention

The Wayne County Democratic Party elected new officials at its convention Saturday, and selected members of the party's state executive committee. Held at the Wayne County Courthouse, the convention drew delegates from 14 of the county's 15 organized Democratic districts....

Woman injured in wreck on N.C. 55

A Fayetteville woman is expected to live after colliding head-on with a dump truck on N.C. 55 West on Friday evening. State Highway Patrolman A.J. Hostinsky said 61-year-old Mercedes Harris of Fayetteville was driving east in her Jeep Grand Cherokee...

Friday, April 7, 2017

Two men charged in robbery

Two men face felony charges after an investigation linked them to a robbery that took place March 14 at the Saulston Food Mart. Chester Lee McNeil Jr., 30, of 701 U.S. 70 Bypass, and Marcus Matthews McKinney Cobb, 25, of...

Bus carrying 30 NorWayne middle schoolers runs off the road, no injuries

A Wayne County Public Schools bus driver ran off the road and into a field along NorWayne School Road this morning with about 30 students on board. Nobody was injured. The school system's Transportation Director, Robert Lee, said driver Darryl...

Former resident drowns in Florida

Former Goldsboro resident James Forsythe drowned Tuesday in Destin, Fla., while trying to help his teenage daughter, Madison, and her friend, who got caught in rough surf. The two girls survived. Officials had put up double red flags earlier in...

Hoops for Troops will be this weekend

Last year, the Hoops with Troops basketball tournament brought airmen and Goldsboro civilians closer together through friendly competition at Dillard Middle School. This year, the event is back for a second go-round. The second annual Hoops with Troops tournament...

Flood plain maps to be revised

The active coal ash basin at Duke Energy's H.F. Lee plant will be removed from maps designating the floodway of the Neuse River's 100-year flood plain should the state approved revised maps. Duke isn't the only property owner that...

Festival for Explorers

The annual Explorer Fun Fest is now open on Spence Avenue where people of all ages can take in traditional carnival rides, play games and support Wayne County youth. The festival is a fundraiser for the Goldsboro Police Department's Law...

Home shot into on Running Deer Circle while people are inside

DUDLEY -- A home on South Running Deer Circle was shot into several times Wednesday night while people were inside, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report. No injuries were reported. The report said 23-year-old Donald Stewart and...

Fundraiser Saturday at Goldsboro Worship Center

Raymond and Lorena Saylor invite families to the Goldsboro Worship Center Saturday to help raise money for their 90-day mission work in Africa. Mrs. Saylor said she and her husband leave for Tanzania on June 20, and she said...

First of 'Kinston Six' to stand trial Monday for 2014 killing of 21-year-old mother of three

One of six men accused of gunning down a young mother of three on Halloween night 2014 will stand trial for first-degree murder Monday. Alquan Hill is one of six men whom law enforcement has called the "Kinston Six." Hill...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Firehouse Subs, Chipotle prepare to open on Berkeley Blvd.

Firehouse Subs and Chipotle Mexican Grill are preparing to open in Goldsboro as the new shopping center takes shape near the corner of Berkeley Boulevard and Cashwell Drive. Firehouse Subs, known for its public safety decor and sub sandwiches, will...

Teenager stabs father in chest

A 16-year-old stabbed his father in the chest during an argument Wednesday night, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said. The father signed a non-prosecution form and charges will not be pressed in the case, Maj. Tom Effler said. "It didn't...

Special Olympics at Eastern Wayne

Charity Allen reached out her hand. She felt nothing until Jennifer Macha grabbed it. "Come on," Allen said. She ran beside Macha 25 meters in six seconds for the Wayne County Special Olympics for adults Wednesday at Eastern Wayne...

Two men inside house during drive-by escape injury

DUDLEY -- A home on South Running Deer Circle was shot into several times Wednesday night while people were inside, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office report. No injuries were reported. The report said 23-year-old Donald Stewart and 21-year-old...

Wayne County, central N.C. under Tornado Watch until 1 p.m.

The county is under a Tornado Watch and wind advisory for the next several hours, according to the National Weather Service in Raleigh. The Tornado Watch is set to expire at 1 p.m., but the wind advisory should last until...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Louisiana man confesses to 24-year-old Wayne County killing on the anniversary of the murder

SEVEN SPRINGS -- A 74-year-old man is waiting to be brought back to Wayne County from Louisiana after confessing in February to the decades-old murder of his son-in-law in 1993. Allen Deaver has lived in Livingston, Louisiana since shortly after...

Man falls short distance from Waffle House roof

A man fell four feet off the Waffle House roof Wednesday afternoon while repairing the air conditioner. Assistant Chief James Farfour with the Goldsboro Fire Department said the man fell from one level of the roof to another at the...

Man falls short distance from Waffle House roof

A man fell four feet off the Waffle House roof Wednesday afternoon while repairing the air conditioner. Assistant Chief James Farfour with the Goldsboro Fire Department said the man fell from one level of the roof to another at the...

Woman fleeing hit and run crashes into car dealership lot, causes $100K in damage

A woman fleeing the scene of a hit and run this morning drove off of U.S. 70 East onto Sunburst Drive and crashed into several cars in the lot of Frema Motors causing an estimated $100,000 in damage. Police said...

Board approves training facility for law enforcement, rescue

A public safety training facility for fire, law enforcement and rescue personnel could be built on the Wayne Community College campus. Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning authorized County Manager George Wood to proceed with issuing a request for qualifications...

Pikeville town board picks rep for energy votes

PIKEVILLE -- Town clerk Lisa Pate was approved by board members Monday night to serve as an alternate representative at Duke Energy Progress meetings for the town of Pikeville. Pate became the town clerk in January, and she will represent...

Proposed federal budget cuts could have local affect

The future of public housing, community development grants and funding to the arts is uncertain as agencies brace for cuts proposed in the Trump administration budget. The administration rolled out a budget blueprint for programs that receive discretionary funding,...

Sidebar: County Meals on Wheels serves 118,846

Meals on Wheels provided home-delivered meals to 360 Wayne County residents last Tuesday. There are actually two components to the program -- home delivery and congregate nutrition program sites where senior citizens can go to the Peggy Seegars Center...

Local Meals on Wheels is safe from budget cuts, but concenrs linger

Lela Powell's and Wilbert Campbell's faces break into huge smiles as Meals on Wheels volunteer Ken Ritt takes a few minutes to chat with them as he makes his morning deliveries. It is for people like Campbell and Ms....

Council talks diversity in city leaders

Members of the Goldsboro City Council exchanged words Tuesday night about diversity in city leadership, rental fees for a mobile stage and one councilman accused the other of deleting the police chief's Facebook site. During a back-and-forth disagreement about...

Eastern Wayne Elementary students win 'Battle of the Books' competition

From staff reports Eastern Wayne Elementary students successfully put their reading skills to the test by winning the Wayne County Public Schools annual Elementary Battle of the Books competition this week. Approximately 115 students from 14 schools competed in the...

City lights up blue for autism awareness month

ROCHELLEMOORE rmoore@newsargus.com Some may think downtown's water fountain turned Carolina Blue this week but the color was changed to recognize National Autism Awareness Month. The fountain water was dyed blue the same weekend as UNC battled for the NCAA title,...

Acknowledging the fragility of life

Nola Claiborne scurried around outside city hall Tuesday, putting the finishing touches on the annual Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation Ceremony. The somber topic belied the weather -- overcast skies cleared to make way for the sun as the crowd...

Eastern Wayne Elementary wins Battle of the Books competition

Eastern Wayne Elementary students successfully put their reading skills to the test by winning the Wayne County Public Schools annual Elementary Battle of the Books competition this week. Approximately 115 students from 14 schools competed in the quiz bowl-style...

Police seek information in attempted robbery

On Monday, March 27, at approximately 12:30 p.m., officers of the Goldsboro Police Department responded to the Speedway Convenient Store, 1501 U.S. 70 West, in reference to a robbery and shots fired call. Once officers arrived on-scene, they made contact...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Center could be future shelter

Floodproofing Herman Park Center and adding a generator so that it could serve as an emergency shelter is one of the ideas to emerge from ongoing disaster planning meetings. Planning consultants hired by the state say the goal is...

Residents, board address pre-K program in county

School board member Jennifer Strickland clarified her position on pre-K programs on Monday night. The need for pre-K has been a hot topic of late, sparked further at a joint meeting between the school board and commissioners last month. Commissioner...

Frustration fuels second disaster planning meeting

Frustration appeared to fuel the questions last Thursday night during the second of three Hurricane Matthew disaster planning meetings. Held at Wayne Community College, the session was to have focused on construction, review and feedback on the first draft of...

Man charged with meth while being booked at detention center

Authorities found methamphetamine on a man as they booked him into the Wayne County Detention Center on other charges Thursday, according to a press release. Guillermo Rivas-Vera, 20, of 301 Serenity Drive, is charged with possession with intent to sell...

Multiple break-ins in city and county are under investigation

Authorities arrested and charged two men Friday believed to be responsible for breaking into a man's home while his child was inside, according to a press release. Upward of a half-dozen other break-ins throughout the city and county are also...

Monday, April 3, 2017

Child abuse awareness event to be Tuesday

The fight against child abuse continues as several agencies in Wayne County combine efforts to raise awareness and work to eradicate the problem. Over the years, the local effort has taken on a variety of forms, the most visible...

'Have a Heart for Kids'

Suzanne and Kristy Jackson and Debbie Brantham catch up while looking through silent action items during the fourth annual Have a Heart for Kids fundraiser to benefit Communities in Schools Friday night at the Terrace Room....

Man arrested for hitting woman with dumbbell

A man is facing a felony charge after striking his 59-year-old neighbor in the face with a dumbbell Saturday night, according to police reports. Willard Matthew Fowler, 32, of 413 Magnolia St., is charged with felony assault with a deadly...

Board to schedule bond hearing

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday are expected to schedule a public hearing on their plans to borrow $42 million for several projects, including schools and the Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center. The board will be asked to set the...

Man charged with assault after cutting

A man is facing felony charges after allegedly cutting someone in the face at a local hotel Friday morning. Corea Shaleto Pearsall, 39, of 711 N. James St., is charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to...

Man is sexually assaulted at Days Inn

A man was sexually assaulted after taking drugs at the Days Inn on U.S. 70 Bypass East Saturday night, according to a Goldsboro police report. The 23-year-old man told police he went to the Days Inn and someone asked...

Teacher becomes the student: Teaching machining

Bailee Daniels did not set out to pursue a degree in the male-dominant field of machining. Nor did she envision being hired into the Wayne Community College program at 19 and becoming a full-time instructor a year later. But now,...

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Wilkersons named 'Purple Heart Family' by order

When Syl Wilkerson received his Purple Heart in 1966, he never knew how much it would mean to his family. As an Army special forces operative, Wilkerson was frequently away from his family for weeks at a time, leaving them...

Williams pays tax on city property

Goldsboro City Councilman Antonio Williams will avoid property foreclosure on his Center Street building after paying off years of delinquent taxes by an April 1 deadline. Williams and Akeata Moore, owners of 143 N. Center St. in downtown Goldsboro, paid...

Council to meet Tuesday

The Goldsboro City Council is expected to review a proposal for new stormwater fees during its meeting Tuesday. Recommendations from a recently formed stormwater stakeholder committee will be presented to council, along with some of the city's challenges in maintaining...

Sun smiles on Fremont party

FREMONT -- A gaggle of children jumped up and down in the middle of Main Street trying to catch bubbles as they floated out from Shari Stewart's bubble-making machine Saturday. Peyton Grantham, 4, caught a few -- she attends Fremont...

Assistant principal charged with DWI

An assistant principal at Goldsboro High School was arrested during a traffic stop in Lenoir County last month and charged with driving while impaired. Maya Leonard Swinson, 46, was reportedly cited by Kinston Police Department and taken to Lenoir County...

Wayne County working to expand pre-K

In 17 years of teaching, Wayne County's Wee Wings program is the most successful program Kimberly Cassidy says she has ever been a part of. Ms. Cassidy teaches the mobile pre-K class, housed in a retrofitted school bus, to...

Man shot in leg Friday night on Slocumb Street

Police are investigating a Friday night shooting on South Slocumb Street that left one man injured, according to a police report. Bobby Lee Peterson, 23, was shot in the leg at his home at 1708 S. Slocumb St. around 10:50...

Kilt Run raises money for cancer charity

The Flying Shamrock's third annual Kilt Run saw a small turnout Saturday -- but there was plenty of spirit to go around. Owner Chris Yones said the Irish pub raised about $250 for Riley's Army, a local childhood cancer charity...

Highway Patrol to be out in force

In anticipation of spring break and the beginning of prom season, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol will conduct Operation "Drive to Live" during the week of Monday, April 3, through Friday, April 7. The operation will be conducted...

Kylie Glisson named scholarship winner

The American Association of Swine Veterinarians Foundation awarded scholarships totaling $25,000 to 15 veterinary students during the 48th AASV annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. Among the winners was Kylie Glisson of Wayne County, who graduated valedictorian of her 2010 class...

Dance for Christ: Cast wants to spread love of God through art of dancing

The curtain opens to show heaven. People are dancing everywhere. New arrivals run across the stage, happy to meet people from their lives who were already there. "The emotions they show on their faces are just so beautiful," said 15-year-old...

Cures for the Colors run kicks off May 6

The annual Cures for the Colors cancer fundraiser will take place May 6 at Wayne Community College. In the morning, there will be the walk/run portion of Cures for the Colors. There will be an individual 5K timed event that...

Antioch Church hosts appreciation banquet

When the Rev. Dr. Kenneth J. Tate was able to get back into his church on West Elm Street after it had been flooded by Hurricane Matthew, he opened the doors to find total devastation. Water stood knee-deep all around...

Miss Eastern Wayne

Breanna Lester, third from left, was recently crowned Miss Eastern Wayne 2017 and received a $2,200 scholarship. Also pictured, from left: Nauttii Council, Miss Congeniality; Alston Tyndall, first runner-up and Miss Congeniality, who received a $1,600 scholarship and a $1,000...

Art in the Park

Saturday couldn't have been a better day for the Art in the Park event sponsored by the Arts Council of Wayne County and the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park....

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Sunday: Family of Purple Heart recipient first to be inducted into organization

When Syl Wilkerson received his Purple Heart in 1966, he never knew how much it would mean to his family. As an Army special forces operative, Wilkerson was frequently away from his family for weeks at a time, leaving them...