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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Woman sought after implicating man in murder, then recanting

Authorities say a woman lied to prosecutors and made up a story against Carlos Demorris Darden to get him arrested, charged and indicted for murder. Tonya Annette Grier, age and address unavailable, is now wanted for felony obstruction of justice....

Downtown Goldsboro restaurant manager charged with sexual battery for the second time in less than a year

The manager of Torero's Mexican Restaurant in downtown Goldsboro was charged Monday with sexual battery for the second time in seven months. Miguel Angel Gomez Camacho, 55, of 217 Gator Drive, is charged with one count of misdemeanor sexual battery....

Event to address fear of cancer diagnosis

Darlene Brady has worked at Wayne Memorial Hospital, now UNC Health Care, for almost 26 years. But in December 2014, she became a patient. "About the middle of December, I found a lump," she said, admitting there was a...

Habitat meeting slated for Sunday

MOUNT OLIVE -- A community meeting on plans to build two Habitat for Humanity houses in Mount Olive will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the First Baptist Church Christian Life Center. Information will be provided...

Master of the kennels

When George Summerlin enlisted with the Air Force in 1954, a life working with dogs was not quite what he had in mind. Over the next nearly 24 years, however, Summerlin would build a career as a military dog...

Council split on most items

The Goldsboro City Council voted 5-2 to enter into a near $500,000 financing agreement for athletic field lights for the future multisport complex. The city will enter into a five-year lease agreement with Musco Finance to finance $499,000 of...

Wayne Community College recognized for adult education programs

Wayne Community College was recognized recently at the 52nd annual North Carolina Community College Adult Educators Association, or NCCCAEA, Conference in Durham. Lisa Newkirk, workforce continuing education services coordinator, led a workshop on "Summer Camps 101" based on her division's...

Monday, October 16, 2017

Man tells police girlfriend hit him in the face with bacon

A man reported to Goldsboro police that his girlfriend hit him in the face with a pack of bacon Sunday morning. The victim reported he was arguing with his girlfriend at their apartment in the 100 block of West Lockhaven...

Woman reports someone killed her cat by hanging

A woman reported to Goldsboro police Sunday that her cat was hanged by a leash and killed on her back porch at her home in the 400 block of South John Street, according to a police report. The victim reportedly...

Over 100 charges filed amid weekend DWI checkpoints

Five DWI checkpoints conducted by several law enforcement agencies Friday night into Saturday morning netted 109 charges, according to a press release. The Goldsboro Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Office DWI Task Force and Pikeville Police Department staged the multi-agency...

Man, 70, charged with trafficking opiates

A 70-year-old man is facing a felony charge after police say he had a trafficking amount of Hydrocodone in his possession during a traffic stop Sunday. Marlyn Peterson, of 803 N. Claiborne St., is charged with felony trafficking a schedule...

Shots fired, video footage leads to gun charge outside Donel's

Goldsboro police arrested a man after he allegedly shot a gun into the air three times in front of Donel's Mini Mart at 518 E. Elm St. late Sunday night. Timothy Andrew Sutton, 34, of 3201 Central Heights Road Lot...

Home in Pikeville is shot into Saturday night

PIKEVILLE -- The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting on Pikeville-Princeton road Saturday night. A 60-year-old man reported to deputies that he was in his bedroom at 2024 Pikeville-Princeton Road when he heard three or four gunshots at...

Woman charged with possession of methamphetamine while being processed at magistrate's office

A woman is facing charges after she allegedly had methamphetamine in her purse while being processed on other charges at the Wayne County Magistrate's Office Sunday. Melissa Ann Showman, 40, of 2461 Pikeville-Princeton Road, Pikeville, is charged with driving while...

A Healing Paw

Alice Croom is still grieving for her beloved terrier, Molly, who died a few weeks ago. On top of that, the 71-year-old recently ended up in the hospital for cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection. But just for a little while,...

Farmville man charged with possession of meth after traffic stop in Grantham area

A man is facing charges after members of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team reportedly found methamphetamine and paraphernalia in his car during a traffic stop Friday. Timothy Albert Warrick, 53, of 276 U.S. 13 North, Farmville,...

SJAFB closes out Fire Prevention Week with safety demonstration

Every second counts, plan two ways out. That was the motto Friday as the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base fire department held a fire safety event in recognition of fire prevention week. Gathered in front of the commissary, several...

Commissioners plan public hearing on fire department merger

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning are expected to establish a public hearing on the proposed merger of two fire departments. The hearing on the merger of the Antioch and Patetown fire departments would be held at 9:15 a.m., Tuesday,...

Council to look at $520,000 lease agreement for multisport complex

The Goldsboro City Council will consider a $520,000 financing agreement for athletic field lighting for the future multisport complex during its meeting tonight. The lease agreement with Musco Finance would include financing $499,000 of the cost for the complete installation...

Animal collisions increase this time of year

There have been 14 deaths, 3,356 injures and nearly $136 million in damages between 2014-16 because of 53,775 vehicle-animal crashes. Most of the crashes involve deer. During that same period, 2014-16, Wayne County reported 713 crashes, 49 injuries and...

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Not bad for first: 2017's Wayne County Fire Princess is her department's first ever entry

For the first time in the 43-year history of the Wayne County Fire Princess pageant, Northeast Volunteer Fire Department's contestant won the crown. Abigail Allen, a junior at Charles B. Aycock High School, was named the 2017 Wayne County Fire...

A healing paw: Mickey the therapy dog visits patients in the hospital to cheer them up

Alice Croom is still grieving for her beloved terrier, Molly, who died a few weeks ago. On top of that, the 71-year-old recently ended up in the hospital for cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection. But just for a little while,...

Youngs Auto Center announces new corporate division

From staff reports Young's Auto Center recently announced its new corporate division Carolina Reman and a new line up of remanufactured transmissions by Certified Transmissions. Carolina Reman will be the distributor of the new line of Certified Transmissions from Young's...

Tasty competition highlights Taste of Wayne

One of the community's favorite events got back underway this year after it was canceled in 2016 due to Hurricane Matthew. The 27th annual Taste of Wayne drew hundreds to the block of Center Street in front of City Hall...

Residents look at the possibilities for Seven Springs

SEVEN SPRINGS -- A few local residents left Saturday morning's interactive disaster recovery workshop early, clearly disappointed the meeting wasn't about dollars and cents. But for most of the 20 or so in attendance, the meeting offered an opportunity to...

American Red Cross announces November blood drive schedule

Following are the November blood drives for the Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross: * Nov. 7 from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the chapter house, 600 N. George St. * Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3...

Major League Barbershop opens on Ash Street

After 25 years in the barbershop business, Rico Cox has set out on his own. Cox, with fellow barber Otis Anderson, opened Major League Barbershop at 2419 E. Ash St., suite three in April. Having spent his entire career at...

Lidl store on hold

Plans to build a new Lidl grocery store along Wayne Memorial Drive in Goldsboro are now on hold. James Rowe, Goldsboro planning director, recently received notice that the plan to construct a 36,170-square-foot building is delayed, indefinitely. "We just...

Jade Restaurant offers a variety of cuisines from China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam

The Jade Restaurant offers a variety of cuisines, including Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese. And the new business uses healthy ingredients to make the dishes even better. "We don't prepare ingredients in advance to cook meals with," said assistant manager...

Wayne County Humane Society offers tips on how to keep pets safe during Halloween

Ghosts and goblins will be out in full force on Halloween for some scary good fun. But it may not be so much fun for your pet. To keep your pet safe on Halloween, the Wayne County Humane Society offers...

Sudan Mini-Rigs to sponsor fundraising golf tournament

The Sudan Mini-Rigs unit is sponsoring a fundraising golf tournament Monday, Oct. 16, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Lane Tree Golf club The team entry fee is $200 and hole sponsorship fees are $100. Entry forms are available...

Early voting starts Oct 19

Early voting begins Thursday, Oct. 19, and continues through Saturday, Nov. 4, for the handful of municipal and sanitary district elections to be decided on Nov. 7. The only early voting site will be located at the Wayne County Board...

Meeting to address funding, resources for those struggling to recover from Hurricane Matthew

Residents still struggling to recover from Hurricane Matthew are being encouraged to attend a Wednesday workshop that will cover some of the various resources, including funding, housing and legal assistance, available to them. The Hurricane Matthew Recovery Workshop will be...

Really Chili Challenge to support Community Soup Kitchen

The 11th annual Really Chili Challenge will bring together local cooks, prize-winning recipes and residents from across Wayne County for the Oct. 28 charity event. The chili challenge will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the John Street...

Basket Treats offers something sweet for all

To experience a party in your mouth, stop by Basket Treats Bakery. Then new business is located at 119 N. Center St. and has been open since Oct. 1. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m....

Downtown gets new art

Center Street has a new look after several new pieces of art were installed Friday, followed by an official art installation ceremony at City Hall. Three pieces went into place Friday -- Hanna Jubran's Midsummer, Bob Doster's July Leaves...

APC Automotive Technologies acquire assets of DuraFit

APC Automotive Technologies, LLC, has acquired the complete assets of the DuraFit brand for its AP Emissions Technologies (AP Exhaust) division from Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. The acquisition will not affect operations at the local AP Exhaust plant, company officials...

Alzheimers Walk

pmoore@newsargus.com The 15th Annual AlzNC Walk is coming up later this month, with organizers hoping the effort will serve as a reminder of the importance of education and support for families dealing with Alzheimer's disease. The Duplin/Greene/Wayne event will take...

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Man found shot at Alpha Arms Friday night

Goldsboro police are investigating a Friday night shooting that left a 24-year-old man injured. A police report said officers responded to 208 Apt. B Alpha Court at about 8:55 p.m. in reference to a person being shot. They found Ramelle...

Friday, October 13, 2017

Four reports of shots fired in city early this morning

Goldsboro police responded to four instances of shots being fired  in the city in the early morning hours of Friday. The first was reported at around 12:30 a.m. on Slaughter Street. When police arrived, they found that two rounds of...

Authorities find cocaine, meth, pills, marijuana during search; two men are charged

Two men were arrested after authorities found cocaine, methamphetamine, pills and 150 grams of marijuana at a home on U.S. 70 Wednesday, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Juan Manuel Mora, 25, 1612 U.S. 70 West, is charged...

Mt. Olive Pickle earns industry honor

The Mt. Olive Pickle Co. Thursday was honored as Wayne County Industry of the Year. The award was presented during the annual Wayne County Industry Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by the Wayne County Development Alliance and held at the Goldsboro...

Goldsboro Fire Department to sell T-shirts to help raise money for Cures for the Colors

Firefighters have always been associated with saving lives and saving buildings -- and families -- from certain ruin. Their heroic acts call to mind images of soot-stained turnout gear and sweaty faces holding children in their arms as they...

'Fire in the hole'

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians are working with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office to detonate 50 pounds of explosives found earlier Thursday. A person found the explosives in a shed behind a residence at 250...

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Explosives found in shed on Ebenezer Church Road

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians are working with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office to detonate 50 pounds of explosives found earlier today. A person found the explosives in a shed behind a residence at 250 Ebenezer...

Car shot into on U.S. 70

A woman reported to Goldsboro police Wednesday her car was shot into Monday evening as she drove down U.S. 70. A police report said the 24-year-old was driving in the 3900 block of U.S. 70 near the Ash Street exit...

Wayne Prep forced to cut teachers, staff due to budget

Wayne Preparatory Academy has fired eight staff members due to low enrollment numbers, WPA board of directors chair Sharon Thompson said Tuesday. Among those cut were three writing teachers and several other office administrators, including one responsible for student...

Advantage, Goldsboro: State tennis league play begins today

Hundreds of tennis players from across the state will compete this week during the United States Tennis Association North Carolina Singles League Championship in Goldsboro. The city is serving as the host site for its fifth year, with participation increasing...

Residents rebuke proposed Duke Energy rate increase

SNOW HILL -- An undercurrent of mistrust of Duke Energy and state government marked Wednesday night's public hearing on the company's request for a 17 percent rate increase. It was marked as well by indignation that Duke customers are...

A location fit for business

Planet Fitness has its sights on the Goldsboro market with plans to open inside the former Kmart big box store on North Berkeley Boulevard. Building plans were submitted in the city of Goldsboro's Inspections Department Tuesday, with the fitness...

WCC center director honored for dedication to technical education

Craig Foucht, recently named executive director of the Wayne Business and Industry Center, has been recognized by the National Coalition of Certification Centers with the NC3 Leadership Award for dedication and commitment to technical education. The award was presented during...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Drug trafficking suspect held on $1M bond

An investigation turned up nearly $70,000 worth of drugs in two properties on the 400 block of Lime Street Wednesday. One man is in custody on a $1 million bond facing drug trafficking charges. According to a Wayne County Sheriff's...

Early voting to begin Oct. 19

Early voting begins a week from Thursday, on Oct. 19, and continues through Saturday, Nov. 4, for the handful of municipal and sanitary district elections to be decided on Nov. 7. The only early voting site will be located at...

Man shot in his Eason Street home

The Goldsboro Police Department is investigating after someone was shot in their home on the 500 block of Eason Street early this morning. According to a police report, the victim allowed two unidentified men into his home around 3:00 a.m....

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base leaders talk deployment, readiness

Fourth Fighter Wing Commander Col. Christopher Sage apologized for the early morning noise. But Col. Scovill Currin, 916th Air Refueling Wing commander, warned those attending Tuesday's State of the Military Program to expect even more noise as deployments from...

Looking for the next Miss Goldsboro

Contestants are being sought for 2018 Miss Goldsboro and Miss Outstanding Teen, with the first meeting/rehearsal planned for this Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Acme Theatre on Center Street. The pageant will be held Nov. 11 at 6:30...

State budget cuts hurt local district attorney's office

The workload of the local District Attorney's Office increased in September after the North Carolina Attorney General's Office responded to legislature-imposed budget cuts by laying off 9 percent of the state agency's attorneys. Wayne, Lenoir and Greene County District...

Churches unify to address social issues

An effort to bring together several Goldsboro churches to explore issues at the forefront of society, including racism and division, will be discussed during a Friday night symposium. Antioch Missionary Baptist Church will host the Unity Day Symposium: A...

Shots fired in city over weekend

Police responded to five shots fired calls over the weekend, one of which resulted in an arrest. Robert Lee Cole, 23, of 231 Outlaw Road, Dudley, was arrested after allegedly shooting a gun near 201 N. Carolina St. He fled...

Street repair funds headed to area towns

Wayne County's seven municipalities will receive a total of $604,007.58 in October through the annual state street-aid (Powell Bill) allocation. The funds are distributed to qualified municipalities in two allocations on or before Oct. 1 and on or before...

Fire Princess Pageant coming Saturday

The 43rd annual Wayne County Fire Princess Pageant will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the door or on the Paramount website. Contestants, from grades 10-12, and...

Dentist finds indigent care rewarding

A Goldsboro dentist will be among those participating in a free adult dental clinic in New Bern later this month. Dr. P. Alston Daniel has enjoyed practicing in this community since 1988, but says the outreach opportunity through N.C....

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cause, manner of death released in case of inmate who died in jail custody

The District Attorney's office is waiting to decide whether to bring charges against law enforcement officers in the death of a Wayne County inmate in May. An autopsy report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner recently released to...

Fire ruled suspicious on Beale Street

A fire at 307 Beale St. early Monday morning is under investigation after being ruled suspicious. Goldsboro firefighters responded to a working fire at the address shortly after 6 a.m. Monday. Investigators believe the fire began in the den or...

Hurricane Matthew: One year later ---- The will to overcome

St. Joseph Free Will Baptist Church, made uninhabitable one year ago when the floodwaters of Hurricane Matthew swept through, has resumed services in the now-reconstructed sanctuary. The memories of the October 2016 storm are still fresh -- the nearly...

Hurricane Matthew: One year later ---- To prevent another flood ...

Some of the flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew was the result of waterways where the flow was impeded by debris. To mitigate such flooding potential in the future, Wayne County is undertaking a stream cleanout program. But...

Hurricane Matthew: One year later ---- A return to a final resting place

DNA samples were successfully taken Oct. 3 from 18 corpses that floated out of their graves in Elmwood Cemetery during Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, but had been unable to be returned to the ground due to a lack...

Hurricane Matthew: One year later ---- Business owners rebuild, start anew

When Hurricane Matthew hit Goldsboro in October 2016, Patricia Warren, owner of Artistic Dance Academy, lost almost everything she had built. The dance studio, which has been in Goldsboro for over 50 years, operated out of the Cloth Barn...

County residents approved for third-highest amount from SBA

Wayne County residents have been approved to receive the third-highest amount of U.S. Small Business Administration loans in the state to help with Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts. The federal program, which works hand-in-hand with the Federal Emergency Management Agency...

N.C. Utilities Commission to host public hearing in Snow Hill about rate increase

The N.C. Utilities Commission will hear from consumers Wednesday in Snow Hill about a proposed 14.9 percent rate increase sought by Duke Energy Progress. The public hearing is one of several held across the state as the utility provider seeks...

Monday, October 9, 2017

Man allegedly hits woman in head with 50-inch flat screen TV

A man is facing charges after allegedly hitting his wife in the head with a 50-inch flat screen television during an argument Thursday, according to a report filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Joseph Tyler Caison, 22, of 110...

Five stolen cars found behind abandoned trailer on Grantham School Road

Deputies recovered five stolen cars Thursday after someone called them about the vehicles being parked behind an abandoned single-wide trailer on Grantham School Road. Deputies were called to 2354 Grantham School Road by the landowner about five cars being parked...

Police respond to two overdoses over weekend, bringing total to 63 this year

Police responded to two overdoses over the weekend, one on Friday and one on Saturday. This brings the total number of overdoses reported in the city this year to 63 -- only three shy of the total number of overdoses...

Woman reports being cut by man on Seymour Drive

A woman reported to police she was cut by another woman's husband Friday morning in the 400 block of Seymour Drive. The 26-year-old said she was fighting with a woman when the woman's husband pushed her away from his wife...

Two former Goldsboro High School classmates share rare pulmonary condition

Pamela Young decided early on to use her diagnosis with sarcoidosis to raise awareness and encourage others. She had no idea one of the benefactors would be a former classmate. She was diagnosed with the rare pulmonary disease in 2004....

Hurricane Matthew: One year later ---- County, state officials work for more funding for recovery

Wayne County has been awarded nearly $26 million thus far to assist with Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts. It will not be enough, county officials have said. Meanwhile, Rep. John Bell of Goldsboro will chair the state House Select Committee...

Hurricane Matthew: One year later ---- More work to be done

DUDLEY -- Helen Greenfield walks gingerly toward the chasm that once was a section of the Old Mount Olive Highway near her home. She stops a safe distance from the jagged edge and stretches to look over into the...

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Beads of Courage

To some, it might not mean much -- a red bead here, a white bead there or even a black bead. But to critically ill children, the beads are everything. They represent each step through their journey with their illness....

Cancer edition 2017: A look at the numbers

Lung cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer-related death in Wayne County, with rates that nearly double the statewide average. From 2009 to 2013, 398 people died from lung cancer in Wayne County. During the same five-year period,...

Cancer edition 2017: Tobacco and cancer

Tobacco-related cancers remain a problem as tobacco consumption holds its grip on about 20 to 30 percent of the population. Dr. Jim Atkins at the Southeastern Medical Oncology Center said the center sees about 70 to 80 new lung cancer...

Cancer edition 2017: Rallying around the need

Southeastern Cancer Care's Cures for the Colors and the Bill Outlaw Foundation are nonprofit organizations that can help cancer victims weather financial difficulties.. "Cures for the colors was started when it became apparent that our patients needed assistance with basic...

Cancer edition 2017: Coping with the loss

When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, the lives of those charged with caring for them take on a laser-focused quality. Caregivers serve as nurses, cooks, chauffeurs, therapists, confidants and more, their day-to-day existence warping around the disease nearly...

Cancer edition 2017: From the Doctor ---- An ounce of prevention

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, we heard our grandmothers say that many times.It is true in cancer as well. The good thing is that there are steps you can take to help prevent cancer.  ...

Cancer edition 2017: Finding the strength

At 46, Eli Hudson seemed to be the definition of a healthy man, yet he began feeling like he had no energy. After doing blood work, his doctor said he was anemic. That was December 2016. "I was so mildly...

Cancer edition 2017: From the doctor ---- Cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is the cancer of the cervix, which is the lower, narrow end of the uterus. The cervix connects the vagina to the upper part of the uterus. The  uterus  is where a baby grows when a woman is...

Cancer edition 2017: A long battle

Amy Woodard knew something wasn't right. She just needed a doctor to listen. She had endometriosis, so the symptoms weren't totally out of line. But the heavy bleeding in-between periods and the sharp abdominal pains concerned her. Her physician at...

Cancer edition 2017: The value of imaging

Two imaging tests are now offering doctors and patients some of the latest technology in identifying the early stages of cancer. Wayne UNC Health Care and Wayne Radiologists added 3-D digital mammography testing equipment a year ago, and the hospital...

Cancer edition 2017: Becoming the patient

For 13 years, Phyllis Smith has been one of the warm, smiling faces greeting patients at Wayne Radiation Oncology. Despite witnessing all the cancers and conditions that brought people through those doors, nothing prepared her to be on the receiving...

All's not-so-'fair' in competition

When George Crumpacker saw his competition at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair's Ugly Truck Competition Saturday, he knew he'd won. Granted, there was only one other entrant, but that wasn't really the point. Crumpacker's truck, a thoroughly beat-up 1974...

'Eggs'perience teaches at fair's science competition

Typically, before an egg can fly, it has to turn into a chicken. That was not the case Friday evening, as teams from five Wayne County high schools competed in a science competition at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair. Each...

Paws N Pumpkins event is scheduled for Oct. 14

The third annual Furever Paws dog adoption event and fundraiser will take place Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Waynesborough Park. There will also be face painting and nail grooming. Animal experts will give information on dog...

Hurricane Matthew: One year later ---- Finding a new home

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Teresa Kilpatrick and her mother, Jewel, will move into their new home one year after Hurricane Matthew's historic flooding forced them to flee their old home. "The home has been placed on her farm and hopefully...

Chief Deputy Secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality official meets with recovery team in county

Chief Deputy Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality John Nicholson visited Goldsboro Saturday, speaking with disaster recovery leaders and helping with rebuilding efforts a year after Hurricane Matthew struck the area. Nicholson met with Chip McGuirt, N.C....

End of the line

In driver's education, students are typically encouraged not to intentionally collide with other moving vehicles. At Saturday's Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair Demolition Derby, that lesson went right out the empty window, as dozens of drivers met to duke it...

Saturday, October 7, 2017

One year after Matthew: Waiting in limbo

Charles Gillis owned a debt-free home when Hurricane Matthew pounded Wayne County and left widespread flooding in October 2016. Gillis, who lived in his single-story, brick home more than 30 years, thought he'd be safe. So did many other people...

Friday, October 6, 2017

Man robbed at gunpoint during home invasion

The Goldsboro Police Department is investigating after an unknown suspect kicked in the door to a home on New Hope Road and robbed the owner Thursday, according to an incident report. According to the report, late Thursday night the victim...

Police seek information in vehicle breaking and entering at Deeper Life Church

On Oct. 2, at approximately 12:51 p.m., officers with the Goldsboro Police Department responded to Deeper Life Church at 600 11th Street, in reference to breaking and entering to a motor vehicle.  A member of the church said on Sept....

Police investigate armed robbery on Lionel Street

Goldsboro police are investigating after a man was robbed at gunpoint on Lionel Street Thursday afternoon, according to a police incident report. According to the report, a man was walking on the 100 block of Lionel Street just after noon...

Sunday in the Park slated

Sunday in the Park will take place Sunday at Herman Park. The event, co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Wayne County and the Parks and Recreation Department, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. On hand will be craft...

Putting on a show

William Tripp stood beside Jenny Mac just outside the ring Thursday evening. He looked around, stuck his thumbs in the belt loops of his jeans -- and then planted a quick kiss on Jenny's cheek. The 6-year-old was about to...

Wild west comes to Wayne County

Ed Gurkins darted out of the sheriff's office with several deputies locked in a gunfight in a western town set up at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair. Deputies continued to shoot at outlaws, who were hidden  behind barrels and other...

Veterans Stand-Down offers access to services

The annual Veterans Stand-Down is about more than ensuring that veterans have access to the services they need. It also is about helping homeless veterans and bringing them back into the community fold, Melissa Watkins, a Gold Star Spouse, and...

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Wayne Community moves forward on projects

The Wayne Community College board of trustees recently approved an amendment to the Wayne Works project, to pull out a portion of the project and potentially have it funded by the county. WCC President Thomas Walker Jr. said the master...

Police ask for help in identifying people sought in connection to identity theft case

The Goldsboro Police Department is asking for help identifying three people sought for questioning in connection to an identity theft case. Details on what the case entails were not immediately available. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the trio...

Talents on display

DUDLEY -- Cellphones and cameras popped up as the children took the stage Wednesday night in the K-2 talent show at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair. Even the occasional traffic noise from U.S. 117 and the sound of jets...

Plan for public safety training facility progresses

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning approved a contract with Stewart, Cooper, Newell Architects of Gastonia for a master plan and full design services for a proposed public safety training facility. In June commissioners awarded the work to the company...

Leon Jacobs Jr. brings love of music to the fair

Leon Jacobs Jr. has always been gripped by music. But he remembers exactly when he decided the piano was the only instrument for him. Jacobs walked by a radio when he was 14 years old and heard Jerry Lee Lewis...

Hangar project moves forward

The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded contracts for a pair of KC-46A construction projects on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, according to a Tuesday press release from 916th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs. The first contract was awarded...

Cheers for all during the cheerleading competition

The cheerleading contest at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair is a big deal. Nearly an hour before it was slated to begin in the grandstand area, the bleachers were packed and every available space surrounding the arena was being used...

Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair winners

Tuesday Salute to Senior Citizens *Youngest Grandparent -- Kay Boykins *Oldest Senior Citizen -- Selva Tart *Most Children -- Renee Ford *Most Recent Grandparent -- Joyce Murdock *Most Grandchildren: William Frazier *Most Great-grandchildren: Jean Hoke *Married Longest to Each Other:...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Driver identified in Tuesday night's police chase, crash

Charges are expected to be filed against a driver who fled a traffic stop and led police on a chase going to wrong way down U.S. 70 Tuesday night once he is released from the hospital. Maj. Dwayne Dean, head...

Exhibits, food and fun on Senior Day

Shirley and Robert Overton have visited the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair each year since they were married. Tuesday they made their 56th fall trip together, strolling the grounds, looking at exhibits and eating fair food. "It's Senior Day," Shirley...

Eyes on the pies

The pie baking contest at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair boasted 76 entries Tuesday, but it also is more than a competition for some people -- it is a family tradition and a source of pride. The contest involves...

AT&T wireless connections coming to county

Residents in areas of southern Wayne County will now have access to high-speed internet thanks to a new service being offered by AT&T. The announcement was made Tuesday night during the Elected Officials Appreciation Barbecue held at Live Oak Farm...

Schools to host parent seminar

The Wayne County Public Schools federal programs department will hold its 21st annual districtwide Parent Seminar on Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the WCPS Professional Development and Family Engagement Center, 415 S. Virginia St. The event is...

Balancing acts bridge the gaps between fair's competitive events

Balancing acts, backflips, squeezing through a tight ring and bending steel are some of the acts performed by the Kenya Safari Acrobats at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair this week. The four-person team includes members from Kenya and Tanzania. "We've...

Insurance commissioner visits county fire departments

Mike Causey, commissioner of the N.C. Department of Insurance and the state fire marshal, met with local firefighters, police officers and other leaders Tuesday during a tour through Wayne County. Causey's first stop was the Mount Olive Fire Department...

All secure at the county fair

Fair planning used to consist mostly of thinking about contingencies for weather-related events. But as other, more sinister threats have been thrust into the national spotlight -- much like the recent Las Vegas shooting that left at least 59...

Auto-matic competition

The auto mechanics contest at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair drew a bigger crowd Tuesday night than usual. Several things were changed up this year -- in addition to being moved into a more visible area of the fairgrounds,...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

High speed chase ends in wreck

A person was taken to the hospital Tuesday night after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop, driving the wrong way down U.S. 70 and then crashing. Sgt. Doug Bethea of the Goldsboro Police Department said an officer tried to stop the...

KC-46A construction projects move forward at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded contracts for a pair of KC-46A construction projects on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, according to a Tuesday press release from 916th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs. The first contract was awarded to...

County awarded more then $16M in state disaster relief grant money

Wayne County has been awarded $16.94 million over the next two years in federal Hurricane Matthew disaster funding. It could be eligible for up to a total of $25.4 million over the next three years. The award is through the...

A 'crafty' woman

A bonsai tree about 8 inches tall sits in the window. A kneeling soldier holds a rifle next to a cross. Flower pots with different kinds of flowers are lined up on a table. None of these will ever fade...

All secure at the county fair

Fair planning used to consist mostly of thinking about contingency plans for weather-related events. But as other, more sinister threats have been thrust into the national spotlight -- much like the recent Las Vegas shooting that left at least 59...

Warsaw PD collects scents to aid missing person searches

WARSAW -- The Warsaw Police Department is launching a program to collect "scents" from people's bodies so K-9s can track them down easier if they go missing. Scent samples will be collected by swabbing exposed skin and underarms with a...

Man taken to hospital after being stabbed

A Goldsboro police report said an anonymous caller phoned police at about 6:50 p.m. Saturday to tell them a man had been dropped off at the hospital with stabbing injuries. Officers went to Wayne UNC Health Care and found a...

An interactive 'fair' experience

The typical idea of a ninja might be a black-clad warrior sticking to the shadows, staying out of sight. For the members the Team Rock Ninja Experience, being seen is the whole point. The team performed its blend of...

Monday fair winners

Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair Daily Winners Monday Vocational Competitions Carpentry -- Tyler Isley, Southern Wayne Health Occupations Medical Spelling Bee -- Asiyah Latham, Spring Creek High...

A goat's gruff above the rest

Four young people earned championship awards at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair Friday, as the fair hosted the Junior Meat Goat Show. Dozens of youths competed, spread across three age categories. First up were the senior showmen, aged 14-19...

Council approves nearly $1M multisport complex additions

Development of the future multisport complex is starting to take shape with the Goldsboro City Council approving additional work Monday. The council approved a $935,165 contract, with Sprinturf, for the installation of two artificial, synthetic turf fields, which should be...

Monday, October 2, 2017

Police, EMS respond to three overdoses over the weekend

Goldsboro Police and Wayne County EMS responded to three overdoses over the weekend. The first happened in Room 256 of the Days Inn at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday. A female called authorities to report she and a man with her...

School board votes to spend $100K to put text books in two low-performing schools

The Wayne County Board of Education voted to allocate $100,000 for textbooks at Brogden Primary and Brogden Middle schools at its meeting Monday evening, with the money to come out of the shared pool of textbook funding for the entire...

Student drives car into pond

A Wayne Community College student drove her car into a pond near the entrance of the school off of Wayne Memorial Drive Monday afternoon. She was uninjured and was not cited or charged with anything. Goldsboro police officer Jared Gilstrap...

Habitat for Humanity Goldsboro-Wayne observes World Habitat Day

A small group met outside the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Mulberry Street Monday morning to observe World Habitat Day and kick off a new Habitat for Humanity awareness program. World Habitat Day began 30 years ago as a United...

Authorities identify man who allegedly killed brother, two dogs in Dudley

DUDLEY -- A man is facing charges after allegedly shooting and killing his brother early Monday morning at their home. He is also accused of killing two dogs at the house. Matthew James Bohne, 22, of 120 Hideaway Circle, Dudley,...

Authorities say man shoots and kills brother

A man is facing charges today after he allegedly shot and killed his brother at 120 Hideaway Circle overnight. The names of the deceased and the accused were not immediately available. "It was two brothers. I'm not sure of...

50 die in Las Vegas in worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history

At least 50 people were killed and more than 200 wounded in Las Vegas during an outdoor music festival Sunday night in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Authorities identified Stephen Paddock as the suspected gunman. Paddock was...

All she wants to do is (teach students to) dance

Mention the popular TV shows "So You Think You Can Dance" and "World of Dance" and Rainee Coakley's face lights up. The junior at Wayne School of Engineering has been taking dance classes for 12 of her 16 years,...

Stop the abuse: magic and comedy ease tough discussion

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. But for Freddie Pierce, humor, magic and audience participation help grab the attention of youths and adults alike. The act makes it easier for him to broach tough topics such...

City mulls park contracts

The Goldsboro City Council will review two contracts tonight for additional development of the future 62-acre multisport complex on Oak Forest Road. The council will consider a $935,165 contract to add two artificial turf fields on the property and...

Program fills shoe boxes with items kids need

Some children don't get gifts for Christmas, so Samaritan's Purse started Operation Christmas Child in 1993, just for children around the world. Each year, people all over the country prepare shoe boxes filled with various items for Samaritan's Purse...

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Mount Olive group offers help to families in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

MOUNT OLIVE -- Nydia Lopez cried for six days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. "This is not only because my family lives there, but just seeing everybody in the situation they are," she said. "I do have family in...

WCC enrollment is down versus previous years

Fall enrollment at Wayne Community College is down two and one-half percent from last year, but those are just preliminary numbers, President Thomas Walker Jr. told the board of trustees Tuesday night. By the end of the fall semester...

The Goldsboro News-Argus staff delivers

Beginning on Monday, pairs of News-Argus employees from every department met at the WAGES building on Royall Avenue to deliver meals. Brownie Doss, WAGES Director for Older Adult Services, said that the organization needs between 40 and 50 people every...

Fair is in full swing

Four-year-old Landon Knowles was on sensory overload Friday night at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair. He had just had his face painted to look like Batman and was making his way through the livestock building. Pausing at a stall containing...

Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair Sept. 29 daily winners

Open Junior Meat Goat Show *Grand Champion -- Caley Mayo * Reserve Grand Champion -- Scarlett Denning Showmanship: Age 5-8 -- Taryn Reams Age 9-13 -- India Young Age 14-19 -- Caley Mayo Queen of the Fair Pageant *Queen:...

Finding a less permanent solution

On Christmas Eve in 2008, Sean Douglas said he was ready to die. His wife left him and took the children. He was going to be kicked out of the military. He only had 14 cents in the bank....

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base opens new community center

Minutes after helping cut the ribbon opening the new Corvias Community Center on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, 7-year-old Jayden Ramos was inside trying his hand at shooting pool. Jayden had some problems getting the cue ball to go...

University of Mount Olive to host cancer benefit concert

MOUNT OLIVE -- The University of Mount Olive will hold its seventh annual Sing for Another Day benefit concert at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17 , in the Southern Bank Auditorium in the Raper Building. The annual event raises money...

Wayne Community College honored for its support of Purple Heart recipients

Wayne Community College has been honored for its support of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Purple Truck Run 2017. The college hosted the Purple Heart Truck Run, with its theme "Mobility is Freedom," during this year's Independence Day...

Casting a light on the difficult subject of suicide

Stark messages were posted around Herman Park on Saturday morning, reminders of the importance of the Out of the Darkness community walk taking place. "Last year 650,000 people visited a hospital due to self harm," read one. "Suicide is...

Not too baa-a-a-a-a-a-d: Juniors show off their lambs to the fair judges

Taylor Hall, 15, was making last-minute preparations with her gray lamb, Marty, on Saturday in preparation for the noon Open Junior Market Lamb Show at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair. The Nashville teen has been participating in the contest...

Three charged in meth lab raid

Goldsboro police discovered and then raided a methamphetamine lab at 308 Linwood Ave. Wednesday after getting a call about an armed person at the house. Officers arrived on scene at about 11:30 a.m. and found a trio of men...

Local student headed to HBCU conference

Aaliyah Tate has been selected to attend The Opening Act HBCU Conference in New York City. According to a press release, Tate was selected in September "out of thousands of applicants across the nation." A native of Goldsboro, she...

Wayne School of Engineering sophomore crowned Queen of the Fair 2017

The 2017 Queen of the Fair was announced Friday night at the Wayne Regional Agriculture Fair. Contestant No. 7, Kourtni Gerken, a sophomore at Wayne School of Engineering, received the crown after also taking the Nikki Painter talent award,...

Goldsboro woman is Arc of the Triangle Teacher of the Year

A Goldsboro woman has been named 2017 Teacher of the Year by Arc of the Triangle, which supports children and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Teyarda Bryant, a teacher in the Wake County public schools system, has 22 years...

Crime of the week

On May 17, at approximately 12:11 a.m., officers with the Goldsboro Police Department responded to the area of Atlantic Avenue and North Herman Street in reference to shots being fired. Moments later, officers responded to a report of a traffic...

Parade applications sought

The Wayne County Chamber of commerce is accepting applications for the 2017 Goldsboro Christmas parade. For many years, the Jaycees took the lead for the annual event. Five years ago, the Chamber stepped up to carry the torch for the...