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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Man killed Tuesday night identified by police

Goldsboro police have identified Tuesday night's shooting death victim as 42-year-old Sammy Lemarcus Evans, who was shot and killed at about 8:42 p.m. inside 109 N. Herman St. Maj. Anthony Carmon, head of the Goldsboro Police Department's Investigative Services Bureau,...

Empty Stocking Fund

Donations may be made by mailing checks made out to the Empty Stocking Fund to P.O. Box 10629, Goldsboro, NC 27532. Or donors can simply stop by the newspaper office at 310 N. Berkeley Blvd. * James and Randy Spader,...

Lighting up the city

Children played in the snow, waited to sit on Santa's lap and thousands watched as Christmas lights were lit in downtown Goldsboro during the annual Downtown Lights Up Tuesday evening. The ceremonial flip of the light switch by Mayor...

County, city approve downtown development incentives

Despite concern regarding the use of taxpayers' dollars, the Goldsboro City Council approved in a 5-2 vote an economic incentive package that paves the way for a near $11 million investment in downtown Goldsboro. Councilmen Bevan Foster and David...

Governor tours hurricane recovery center

Wayne County residents already are scheduling appointments to see if they qualify for grants under the county's Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funding for homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. The phone line went live at 8 a.m. Tuesday and...

Nominations accepted for 2018 Governor's Volunteer Service Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Governor's Volunteer Service Award. Each county selects up to 10 individuals, businesses, groups/teams and one paid director of volunteers to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to their communities. One of...

Turkey Trot race slated for Thursday

The Goldsboro YMCA will host the 12th annual Turkey Trot race on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, to support the CHANGE for Children healthy lifestyles program. The 5K and 10K races start at 8 a.m., and the one-mile fun run...

From recovery to finish line

Josh Clark was at the edge of death in November 2015. But less than two years later, he completed the New York City Marathon. During a community worship service on Nov. 14, 2015, Clark, pastor of Generation Church, had...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Man shot to death on Herman Street

A Goldsboro man was shot to death in his Herman Street home shortly after 8:30 tonight. Goldsboro police responded to the scene, at 109 Herman St., after receiving calls from area residents and a Shot Spotter report, said Capt....

Man cut in face near Olivia Lane and Carver Drive

A 54-year-old man was cut in the face Saturday night while he was around Olivia Lane and Carver Drive. A Goldsboro police report said officers responded to the victim's home in the 700 block of North George Street in...

Local, state and federal offices to close for Thanksgiving holiday

Local, state and federal offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. State offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24 while federal offices, banks and post offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23. All Wayne...

Local attorney jailed on contempt of court charge

Local attorney Charles Gurley will find himself on the other side of the defendant's table Wednesday morning.   The prominent local defense attorney who has represented countless Wayne County residents in trials ranging from petty crimes to murder will himself...

Councilman David Ham takes over the vacated role of mayor pro tem

Goldsboro Councilman David Ham was sworn in as mayor pro tem of the Goldsboro City Council Monday night. Ham's appointment came two weeks early after Councilman Bevan Foster vacated the post on Nov. 6. Foster said he could no...

Farm-City banquet inducts new class

Ronnie Parks of Mount Olive and the late Selby Beaman, who lived at Dudley, Monday night were inducted into the Wayne County Agricultural Hall of Fame in recognition of their outstanding contributions in the field of agriculture. Betsy Roberson...

Empty Stocking Fund

Donations may be made by mailing checks made out to the Empty Stocking Fund to P.O. Box 10629, Goldsboro, NC 27532. Or donors can simply stop by the newspaper office at 310 N. Berkeley Blvd. * Jim and Anne Martin,...

Hurricane recovery center opening

Phone lines opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday for Wayne County residents to schedule an appointment to determine if they are eligible for Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funding for homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. The actual applications will be...

Cook the family's Thanksgiving dinner without burning down the family home

Fires can happen any time of the year, but with more people preparing huge feasts for Thanksgiving, there's more of a chance of a fire happening. "When preparing your feast, it's important to include safety on the menu, keeping your...

Starlight Dance Band to perform Dec. 1

Get your fanciest holiday outfit on and put on your dancing shoes for a Christmas concert by the Starlight Dance Band. Dec. 1 the local band will perform its Christmas by Starlight event, something it has done for more...

Minor wreck involves school bus; no injuries

No children were injured when a Wayne County Public Schools bus was involved in a wreck Monday afternoon at the intersection of Arrington Bridge Road and Emmaus Church Road. The bus driver, Henry King, 66, of Goldsboro, is charged...

Highway Patrol to increase its Thanksgiving presence on Interstate 40 this year over 2016

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will have an increased presence on I-40 this Thanksgiving holiday. So will troopers in Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The law enforcement agency said in a press release troopers will...

Commissioners to weigh developer's plan

Wayne County residents this morning will have the opportunity to comment on a proposal to allow the county to provide tax incentives to a developer. A second public hearing will be held on leasing space at the Wayne Executive...

Monday, November 20, 2017

Appointments need to be made in advance of new Hurricane Matthew Recovery Center opening next week

Beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, Wayne County residents can call 919-366-4074 to schedule an appointment to begin the application process for Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funding for homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. The actual applications will be...

Trolley Rides

As holiday trolley rides start up again in Goldsboro for the Christmas season, residents will line up for their turn to be pulled by two huge black horses. They will see the horses all shaved and prettied up and the...

Weekend marred by several shootings, two deaths

A Saturday night shooting left one woman injured, and a Friday afternoon shooting damaged a person's car in a weekend that also saw a double homicide take place between the two incidents. Three men were shot at in a parking...

Big, bad bikers show huge heart with annual toy run

Led by Santa Claus in a brightly colored sleigh, hundreds of motorcycle riders took to the streets of Goldsboro Sunday for the 29th annual Wayne County Motorcycle Riders Toy Run. Bikers from Wayne and other surrounding counties filled the Berkeley...

The root of giving lies just under the surface

H.B. Barnes is a man with a simple mission -- get the people of St. Mark's Church some sweet potatoes. Barnes, 87, has been doing just that every year since 1965, venturing out to farms to pick sweet potatoes...

City eyes downtown venture

The Goldsboro City Council is set to consider an economic incentive package today that could lead to a near $11 million investment in downtown Goldsboro. An undisclosed developer, with proven experience in rehabilitating historic properties, is interested in restoring...

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Downtown Lights Up holiday celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. Tuesday

Ice skating, snow and plenty of Christmas cheer will fill downtown Goldsboro during the annual Downtown Lights Up celebration Tuesday night. Activities start at 5 p.m. and continue through 8 p.m., in front of City Hall, along Center Street and...

Stream clean out begins this week

A stream cleanout project will begin this week that is designed to help mitigate possible future flooding caused by storms and/or heavy rains. A&K Grading Co. of LaGrange will begin work on a ditch on Old Mount Olive Highway...

A revival of spirit: The Seven Springs Christmas parade returns

There was a revival going on in downtown Seven Springs on Saturday afternoon that began with the resurrection of the community's Christmas parade and swept over the crowd that lined the streets. Nearly 100 entrants signed up for the event,...

A century of memories: Iconic eatery served more than barbecue

Ronnie Warrick was about 9 years old the first time he walked into Scott's Barbecue at 1205 N. William Street. On Friday he was one of the last customers to say goodbye to owner Martel Scott Jr., 75, as...

Bar owners hone their 'craft,' one delicious micro brew at a time

Going out for a beer used to mean swilling down some mass-produced, barely-flavored, carbonated beverage that was lightly alcoholic and close to water. But these are the days of craft beer -- micro brews, not macro brews. Getting a beer...

Bringing a sense of togetherness back to the community

Hot dogs, snacks and a bouncy house against the backdrop of gospel music and free prayer awaited those who turned out for the "Our Community Cares" family fun day at W.A. Foster Center on Saturday. The latter is something Alpha...

Saturday, November 18, 2017

UPDATE: Victim's family asks for peace after double homicide on Second Street

Two men are dead and one is injured after an early morning shooting on Second Street. Carlis Benton, 38, 707 Royall Ave., and Carlos Darden, 42, 1202 N. Center St., have been identified by police as the two deceased, and...

Two men die after shooting on Second Street

Two men are dead and one is injured after an early morning shooting on Second Street. Carlis Benton, 38, and Carlos Darden, 42, have been identified by police as the two deceased, and Joshua Davis, 30, sustained non-life-threatening injuries...

Friday, November 17, 2017

Man allegedly tries to destroy heroin during arrest

A Goldsboro man is facing charges after he allegedly tried to destroy heroin as deputies put him under arrest when they saw him preparing to inject the drug in a parking lot. Justin Joseph Schneck, 26, of 308 Audobon Ave.,...

Jobs program to start process for 2018

The city of Goldsboro's summer youth employment program will start accepting applications in December for the estimated 60 jobs that will be available in 2018. The program, which drew nearly 200 qualified teen applicants in its first year, will...

Serving the youngest population

The annual meeting of the Partnership for Children of Wayne County on Thursday was patterned after the message in the popular children's book about the little engine that could. Copies served as the centerpiece at each table at Lane...

Hearing to look at U.S. 70 project

sherring@newsargus.com A $130.5 million project to bring U.S. 70 up to freeway standards will be the subject of a Dec. 7, public meeting at Grace Baptist Church in Princeton. The time has not yet been announced. The plan calls for...

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Nominations are being accepted for Governor's Volunteer Service Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Governor's Volunteer Service Award. The awards program, created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolina's most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, the award has been bestowed on thousands...

Woman airlifted to Vidant Medical Center after wreck on Hood Swamp Road

A 49-year-old woman was flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with injuries today after running off of Hood Swamp Road near Mark Edwards Road and flipping her truck, which landed upside down. N.C. State Highway Patrol trooper J.P....

Services for veterans top priority at health fair

The Goldsboro Community Based Outpatient Clinic held its third annual Veterans Health Fair Wednesday morning, giving local veterans the opportunity to learn about services available to them through Veterans Affairs. Beginning around 8 a.m., the fair included a plethora of...

Neuse basin included in study

A planned flood source and mitigation study of the Neuse River basin is a "move in the right direction" in finding ways to help lessen the potential for future devastating flooding, Wayne County Manager George Wood said. Wood said...

Carrying on a proud tradition: Troopers Association Caisson Unit will be housed in Wayne County

Anyone at a funeral for a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty during the last decade has probably seen them. They are six well-muscled, well-groomed, jet-black horses used to pull caskets atop a Civil War-era wagon to...

Crime of the week

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, at approximately 12:05 a.m., officers with the Goldsboro Police Department responded to 211 E. Patetown Road for a possible shooting. When officers arrived, they were told that two unknown individuals forced entry to a detached...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Gun fires while man cleans it, 11-year-old boy injured

PIKEVILLE -- An 11-year-old boy is stable and is expected to make a full recovery after being injured when his father's gun accidentally went off while the father was cleaning it Wednesday. A press release said the boy's father was...

Police seek information in Tuesday shooting on Patetown Road

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, at approximately 12:05 a.m., officers with the Goldsboro Police Department responded to 211 E. Patetown Road for a possible shooting. When officers arrived, they were told that two unknown individuals forced entry to a detached garage...

Kinston man sentenced for armed robberies in Snow Hill, Faison, Kenansville

RALEIGH -- A Kinston man was sentenced in federal court this week to 108 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for pleading guilty to armed robberies in eastern North Carolina. James Earl Sutton, 55, of Kinston,...

State still needs $300 million for buyouts

RALEIGH -- Even though the state got "slammed hard" by Hurricane Matthew, it could have been worse, N.C. Emergency Management Director Michael Sprayberry said. "If we hadn't taken the mitigation measures during Hurricane Floyd, we would be hurting a lot...

Her story, town's history

FREMONT -- Betsy Smith watched as images from her past played out on a screen. The film, taken from 20 rolls shot by her father, Oscar Turlington, in the 1930s, '40s and '50s, was displayed at the Fremont United...

Local DMV worker honored by governor for saving child's life

Bad cellphone service led to an "unexpected honor" for Dean Roscoe of the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles' License and Theft Bureau. Roscoe was recently presented the Governor's Award for Excellence, the highest commendation a state employee can receive,...

Toy run slated for this Sunday

The Wayne County Motorcycle Riders will have their 29th annual toy run Nov. 19. Riders will meet in the J.C. Penney parking lot at Berkeley Mall at noon and the ride starts at 2 p.m. The event is for...

Come Write In: Local authors provide insight

MOUNT OLIVE -- A muse can come in any form -- even in the shape of a lovable little ducky named Gimpy. Gimpy's story has been an inspiration to Betty Rose of Calypso who thinks it can inspire others, particularly...

Mount Olive looking for grand marshal

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Christmas Parade is returning to the downtown area after an absence of several years. "There have been numerous discussions in our community about getting people back to our downtown and this is one...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

North Carolina Symphony to bring Holiday Pops to city

You know Christmas is almost here when the North Carolina Symphony brings its Holiday Pops Concert to Goldsboro. The concert will take place Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre. This year's event will be a festive mix...

Farris Duncan, long-time local attorney, dies at 73

Long-time Goldsboro attorney and community volunteer Farris A. Duncan, 73, died Tuesday at Wayne UNC Health Care with his family by his side. Duncan was found unresponsive by his wife, Joyce, late Friday afternoon after he had been trimming bushes...

Man sustains multiple gunshot wounds after shooting on Patetown Road

Two men broke into a garage on the 200 block of Patetown Road Monday, culminating in a shooting which sent a man to Vidant Medical Center, according to a Goldsboro Police Department incident report. According to the report, the owner...

Salvation Army in need of storage space

The Salvation Army desperately needs a warehouse to hold its Christmas distribution. "We're in dire need of a Christmas warehouse," said Capt. Sherrie Stokes with the Salvation Army. "We're looking at about 10,000 square feet. "We are living in...

A league of their own

Children don't often get to see police officers out of uniform. They usually see them patrolling the streets, their neighborhoods or in full garb at the schools they go to. But here lately, it's been a different story. Goldsboro...

Inspection scores at county restaurants net five B's and one C

Recent inspections at area restaurants resulted in 5 B's and one C grade, with two of the former not requesting a regrade and one of them seeing scores go down on the subsequent visit by health inspectors. Kevin Whitley,...

Monday, November 13, 2017

Law enforcement finds AR-15 and four handguns in vehicle, charges validated gang member

Law enforcement officers found five concealed weapons inside a car they stopped Sunday and charged a validated gang member with altering the serial number of one of them. D'Qurious Bradford, 19, of 119 Astor Court, is charged with possession...

A Passion to Create

Growing up on a family-run dairy farm in Minnesota, Wendy Ford had no TV and lot of the things that other children had. So she had to look for other outlets for her creativity. "Art was something I could do,"...

Wayne County detention officer resigns after being charged with driving while impaired

A detention officer with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office resigned today after being charged with driving while impaired early Sunday morning, according to law enforcement. Jacob Aaron Warren, 23, of Faison, is charged with driving while impaired and driving left...

Goldsboro man is identified as a suspect, one of the dead in LaGrange triple homicide

LAGRANGE -- One of the three people killed in a triple homicide at 308 W. Queen St. in LaGrange early Sunday morning was from Goldsboro and also a suspect in the crime. Jerrell Marquez Pridgen, of 1301 S. Harding Drive...

Man robbed at gunpoint on George Street

A 42-year-old man was robbed of $300 when he was held at gunpoint by two men as he left the A&H Tobacco Mart at 301-B N. George St. Sunday night. The man told police he came out of the store...

Ready, set, dough

It's that time of year once again to whip up your best batch of gingerbread dough and get your favorite candies and frostings ready to create a gingerbread house. Entries for the Arts Council of Wayne County's annual Gingerbread...

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Three die in LaGrange shooting

Updated at 10:31 p.m.Three people were shot to death and one person was injured in an early Sunday morning shooting in LaGrange. Lenoir County Sheriff Ronnie Ingram said detectives are in the early stages of the investigation. By Sunday evening,...

Bailey Stamper reigns as Miss Goldsboro 2018

An 18-year-old Charles B. Aycock High School graduate was crowned Miss Goldsboro 2018 on Saturday night at the Paramount Theatre. Bailey Stamper, now a freshman at East Carolina University, also won the evening's awards for talent, community service and ad...

Remembering those who serve

Most Americans get up every morning, go about their business never thinking about where they get their freedom, said retired Army 1st Sgt. Sylvania Wilkerson Sr. And there are members of the U.S. armed forces that no one understands...

Veterans Health Fair slated for Nov. 15

The Goldsboro Community Based Outpatient Clinic at 2610 Hospital Road will hold its annual Veterans Health Fair Nov. 15, inviting veterans to come and learn about services available to them through Veterans Affairs. Beginning at 8 a.m. and running...

A call for justice

Aprile Hatch heard the gunshots that killed her son. But she didn't know it right away. She heard the gunfire ricocheting through the neighborhood near 410 S. Hollowell St., where she lived with her children. "I got home at...

Wayne Community College offers open registration for spring classes

Registration dates to sign up for spring semester classes at Wayne Community College begin this week. Open registration for college credit courses will be held Nov. 13-16, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and Nov. 17, 8 a.m.-noon on the main campus...

Spring Creek High School junior selected for National FFA Band

A Spring Creek High School junior was selected to be part of the National FFA Band and perform during the 2017 National FFA Convention and Expo, held recently in Indianapolis. Jessica McDonough, 16, has been in FFA, Future Farmers...

Community Harvest Outreach: For those in need

Woods Chapel held its sixth annual Community Harvest Outreach food giveaway Saturday. Four hundred families, which amount to an estimated 1,200 people, were invited to the church for a program and lunch and given enough food to prepare a Thanksgiving...

Illegal immigrant found in county is indicted

A federal grand jury in Raleigh indicted a Guatemala native found in Wayne County on charges of false representation of a Social Security account number and aggravated identity theft. Maria Asuncion Lucas-Mendez, 31, would face up to seven years...

Chamber waives late fee for parade entries

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce is giving an early Christmas present to anyone who wanted to enter the Goldsboro Christmas Parade but missed the Nov. 7 deadline to enter without having to pay a late fee. It is...

Especially For You gift shop expands to Goldsboro

A longstanding Mount Olive business has expanded with its second location in Goldsboro at Cobblestone Place on Spence Avenue. Especially for You, a gift shop with home decor, ladies clothing and accessories, recently opened at 407 N. Spence Ave. "We...

Wayne County Board of Health accepting applications for member

The Wayne County Board of Health is accepting applications for the public member position to begin January 2018. The Board of Health meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 12:15 p.m. in the third floor...

Wayne County 4-H Shooting Sports sweeps state, regional competition

Members of the Wayne County 4-H Shooting Sports Club, coached by AJ Linton, recently competed in regional and state tournaments. The regional tournament was held at the Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia, and the state tournament was held at Millstone...

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Miss Goldsboro 2018: Bailey Stamper

An 18-year-old graduate of Charles B. Aycock High School was crowned Miss Goldsboro 2018 on Saturday night at the Paramount Theatre. Bailey Stamper, a freshman marketing major at East Carolina University, also won the evening's awards for talent, community service...

Honoring veterans: Goldsboro and Mount Olive hold Veterans Day parades

Goldsboro has a constant hum of support for its veterans, both retired and active duty. You can hear it when the sound of "Taps" plays on base every day and spills over into surrounding neighborhoods. Or when someone thanks a...

Friday, November 10, 2017

Woman reports a man, claiming he was armed, forced her to drive to four different ATMs

A man forced a teenage girl to drive to four different ATMs while claiming he had a gun Nov. 3, according to a Goldsboro police report. The report was filed Thursday, and the 19-year-old victim told police a man approached...

Hear them ring

Bells will be ringing and red kettles will be seen throughout Wayne County starting Nov. 17. That's when the Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle Campaign officially begins. It runs through Dec. 23. The familiar bell ringers will be at 23 locations,...

A little appreciation goes a long way

Officers from across Wayne County were recognized Thursday for their service and sacrifice during a dinner held in their honor at the Goldsboro Event Center. The second annual Wayne County Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner drew officers from multiple agencies,...

2017 a 'very good year' for Communities Supporting Schools

Communities Supporting Schools of Wayne County Inc. has had a tremendous year, executive director Selena Bennett announced at its annual community partner meeting Thursday morning at First Baptist Church. She attributed much of the success in part to those...

Another report of rocks thrown into a windshield

Someone threw a rock into a woman's windshield when she and her husband were driving down U.S. 70 near South Beston Road at about 7 p.m. Tuesday. A Wayne County Sheriff's Office report said a suspect threw a rock into...

Operation Santa Claus

The Mental Health Association in Wayne County is gearing up for another holiday season -- hoping to buy gifts for the forgotten in the community. "We serve individuals who have mental illness, disabilities or the elderly that live in local...

Brick pavers for sale for Maxwell Center

As the $20 million Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center moves toward its March 1 opening the public is being offered the opportunity to leave its mark on the facility. A fundraiser is underway in which laser-etched brick pavers...

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Meat truck overturns, driver injured

Update ---- The North Carolina State Highway Patrol identifies the driver of the truck that overturned on U.S. Highway 70 Bypass, and lists the charges against him. A 2014 Freightliner Tractor Trailer, registered to C.R. England Inc., ran off of...

Operation Eagle Eye: Federal agents, local law enforcement conduct probation sweep

From a command center set up inside the Wayne County Sheriff's Office annex, deputies with the U.S. Marshals Service directed an operation this week aimed at taking potentially armed, dangerous and habitual offenders off the streets. A combined force of...

Program to offer access to Wi-Fi

sherring@newsargus.com Seven Springs area residents could be able to sign up for WiFi broadband internet service as early as February as part of a pilot program that could eventually spread high-speed internet countywide. The Seven Springs areas is among several...

Local, state offices to close

Local, state and federal offices will closed Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of the Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 11. Post offices and banks will be closed Saturday, Nov. 11. All branches of the Wayne County Public Library will...

St. Mark's Church of Christ to host Armed Forces Appreciation Service

St. Mark's Church of Christ will hold its annual Armed Forces Appreciate Service Nov. 12 at 11 a.m., inviting military personnel both retired and active duty to come and be recognized. Eddie Edwards, with St. Marks, said that the...

Not to be forgotten: Operation Santa Claus

The Mental Health Association in Wayne County is gearing up for another holiday season -- hoping to buy gifts for the forgotten in the community. "We serve individuals who have mental illness, disabilities or the elderly that live in...

Competition for the crown

Competition for two local crowns could be intense Saturday night, with only four contestants each vying for the honor of being 2018 Miss Goldsboro and Miss Goldsboro Outstanding Teen. The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at the Paramount...

Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority says vets ride for free this week

The Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority is providing no-cost bus rides this week to veterans and active-duty military personnel. Free rides are available through Veterans Day -- Nov. 11 -- with the effort recognizing the service and sacrifice of past and...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Federal grand jury indicts Guatemalan-native found in Wayne County for identity theft, false representation

A federal grand jury in Raleigh indicted a Guatemalan-native found in Wayne County on charges of false representation of a social security account number and aggravated identity theft. Maria Asuncion Lucas-Mendez, 31, would face up to seven years imprisonment, a...

Teen charged for allegedly fleeing traffic stop, crashing into utility pole

A teenager is facing charges after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop on North Spence Avenue Tuesday night and crashing into a utility pole. Andrew James Dawson, 17, of 215 Woodbine St., is charged with felony flee to elude, driving while...

Board talks use of force at schools

The Wayne County Board of Education discussed the use of force in schools Tuesday, after several members of the community came forward to express concerns about law enforcement officer's use of pepper spray. The concerns come after the school...

Pleading for help

They brought photographs of loved ones, shared stories of addiction, of loss and recovery. One mother keeps in contact with her daughter who almost entered an outpatient drug treatment program but relapsed. Another told how her son left Wayne...

Honoring the fifth and the first

The fifth president in the history of Wayne Community College, and its first female in the role, returned to campus Tuesday for a ceremony unveiling her portrait. Dr. Kay Albertson served in the role for nine years, from 2007 to...

Veterans Day Parade slated for Saturday

Goldsboro's Veterans Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 in downtown Goldsboro. The lineup will begin at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Center Street before the parade begins to roll. It will proceed down...

Dupont Center offers employment services

Washea Lancaster was so busy raising four children in her younger years that she didn't think much about her own needs. By the age of 40, it was a little difficult to visualize a return to college to pursue a...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Joe Scott elected mayor of Mount Olive

Mount Olive Mayor-elect Joe Scott said he was working the polls Tuesday morning when a woman came up to him and asked him what he was doing there. He explained that he was concerned about the outcome of Tuesday's election....

Man charged for having sexual relationship with 13-year-old girl

A 22-year-old Mount Olive man is in custody after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl. Cody Wayne Foy, 22, of 1644 N.C. 55 East, Mount Olive, is charged with statutory rape of a person who...

More than just a game

Mary Pierson counts on playing billiards at the Peggy Seegars Senior Center several times a week to "take my mind off the dark place." The 60-year-old has a lot of health issues, including fibromyalgia, and she also has PTSD. Her...

More than just a game

Mary Pierson counts on playing billiards at the Peggy Seegars Senior Center several times a week to "take my mind off the dark place." The 60-year-old has a lot of health issues, including fibromyalgia, and she also has PTSD. Her...

Torero's manager pleads guilty to simple assault

The manager of Torero's Mexican Restaurant in downtown Goldsboro will spend 18 months on supervised probation after pleading guilty to simple assault in Wayne County District Court Friday. Miguel Angel Gomez Camacho, 55, of 217 Gator Drive, pleaded guilty to...

Goldsboro City Councilman Bevan Foster steps down as mayor pro tem, cites differences with mayor and council

Goldsboro Councilman Bevan Foster stepped down from his post as mayor pro tem Monday citing disagreeing views from the mayor and council. Foster, appointed to serve in the post during 2017, made the motion to relinquish his role during the...

Police investigate failed armed robbery attempt

The Goldsboro Police Department is investigating after a man reported being held at gunpoint in the 700 block of North Jackson Street Monday. According to the police report, the victim was working on cable services  at around 9 a.m.  when...

Banquet to honor law enforcement officers Thursday

Goldsboro businessman George Williams was so moved by the shooting deaths two years ago of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge that he decided something was needed to let local officers know they are appreciated. He put together...

Community policing starts with service

Nine police officers kicked off the Goldsboro Police Department's third community policing class of the year by building ramps at two different homes Monday morning. Capt. LeAnn Rabun, the instructor for the course, said the undertaking was the class's...

University of Mount Olive receives $2.76 million in Title III grant funding

MOUNT OLIVE-- The University of Mount Olive has been awarded a five-year, $2.76 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Title III program. The grant, the largest single grant in the university's 66-year history, will be used to...

More than $63,000 worth of jewelry stolen from home Saturday

A Goldsboro police report said a woman had approximately $63,075 worth of jewelry taken from her home in the 100 block of South Marion Drive after someone broke in Friday. The victim told police someone broke in Friday and took...

Cotton module burned

A Wayne County Sheriff's Office report said a cotton module was burned when there was a suspicious fire at 112 Patetown Road Sunday morning. The fire was extinguished before it spread, but an assistant Goldsboro fire chief reportedly advised deputies...

Chevrolet of Goldsboro calls car show benefiting veterans successful

The 22nd annual Chevrolet of Goldsboro Veterans Day Car Show went off without a hitch Saturday, with over $6,000 raised to support disabled veterans in Wayne County. Spokesperson Jennifer Tyndall said that the show included 257 registered vehicles, and...

Monday, November 6, 2017

Heading to the polls

Voters in Mount Olive, Walnut Creek, Seven Springs, Eureka and Pikeville go to the polls Tuesday to elect town board members. Positions on five of the county's sanitary district boards will be filled as well. The polls opened at 6:30...

Man dies of heroin overdose in city

A 31-year-old Tarboro man overdosed on heroin and died at Serena Inn -- now named Knights Inn -- Saturday night, according to a Goldsboro police report. It is the city's first heroin overdose death of the year. Wayne County EMS...

Man charged for possession of a stolen firearm

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office says a Georgia man was in possession of a firearm stolen out of the same state when a car he was in was stopped on U.S. 70 East in Goldsboro Sunday. Octavious Dontae Morrell, 21,...

A hero's welcome is never too late

Sometimes, all it takes to help heal old wounds is a showing of respect. For the Vietnam-era veterans in attendance at Project Respect Saturday night, that was exactly what they got. Hosted by local dance studio owner Desiree Autrey...

Cooper to fight for more recovery funding

Gov. Roy Cooper Friday said he will ask the General Assembly for additional Hurricane Matthew disaster recovery funding when the short legislative session convenes in 2018. Efforts will continue as well to convince Congress to provide more funding, he...

State orders 40,000 more doses of live-saving, overdose reversal medication naloxone

RALEIGH -- North Carolina is making nearly 40,000 more units of life-saving medication available to help fight the opioid epidemic, Governor Roy Cooper announced Friday. The state has purchased the additional naloxone, which can reverse opioid overdose, to help...

Council to consider fire station plans

The Goldsboro City Council will consider site and landscaping plans tonight for the former Goldsboro Fire Station on Ash Street. The 11,338-square-foot, two-story firehouse, at 109 E. Ash St., is proposed to become a fitness center on the first...

Public meetings will look at rezoning

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning will hold public hearings on two rezoning requests. The meeting will get underway with an 8 a.m. agenda briefing followed by the formal session at 9 a.m. Both will be held in the commissioners'...

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Unemployment highest in metro areas

Goldsboro is on the upper side of unemployment rates in the state compared to other metropolitan areas, according to the recently releases employment figures from the North Carolina Department of Commerce. The city's rate is at 4.5 percent as...

Lecture to look at U-boats off the Carolina coast

NEW BERN -- Hitler declared war on the United States on Dec. 11, 1941, four days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. German U-boats soon began crossing the Atlantic and sinking American ships along the North Carolina coast. During...

In memory of John Kerr

The late John Kerr did not like stoplights. And he was not shy about letting anyone -- especially his fellow legislators -- know his feelings, Gov. Roy Cooper said pointing to a new sign dedicating a section of the...

Mar Mac Barbershop reopens: It'll take more than a 500-year flood to douse Milton Smith's 100-year-old barber pole

When Milton Smith's barbershop flooded during Hurricane Matthew, all he could recover were a single barber's chair and a 100-year-old barber pole. The shop had filled up with five-and-a-half feet of water, almost above the mirrors. And everything Smith...

When the stars come out

jpitchford@newsargus.com Sometimes, you just have to dance. For the contestants in Friday's Dancing Stars of Wayne County, that sentiment held true, as prominent community members got up on stage at the Paramount Theatre to raise money for the Wayne Education...

Pet food drive helps save lives

Some dogs and cats get a second chance at life when they are rescued by local groups. But then, until they get a forever home, they still need to eat. And most of the time, the money to buy...

Rakin in the Fun: Fall Festival celebrates Native-American heritage

To the casual observer, Native American artifacts, fresh-squeezed apple juice and a pumpkin-throwing trebuchet might not have much to do with one another. That was not the case Saturday, as the Charles B. Aycock Birthplace hosted its first-ever "Rakin...

Albertson's annual Stew Fest gets the town cookin'

Community members came together in Duplin County Saturday, as the Albertson Community Library held its annual Stew Fest event. Beginning in 2004, Stew Fest has become a local tradition for Albertson. The event serves as a fundraiser for the...

Friday, November 3, 2017

41-year-old man charged with statutory sex offense with a child

A middle-aged Goldsboro man was arrested and charged with a statutory sex offense on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Friday morning. The suspect is not an active-duty military member and worked on base as a civilian contractor. Thomas Jason Hall,...

COMING SUNDAY: U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass is dedicated in memory of John Kerr

The late John Kerr hated stoplights. And he was not shy about letting anyone -- including his fellow legislators -- know his feelings, Gov. Roy Cooper said pointing to a new sign dedicating a section of the stoplight free U.S....

As time falls back Sunday, DOT urges precautionary measures for motorists and pedestrians

People will get to enjoy an extra hour of rest as Saturday turns to Sunday this weekend when clocks fall back an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday. But the North Carolina Department of Transportation is urging pedestrians and motorists alike...

SBI investigating cause of Pikeville Town Hall blaze

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is looking into what caused a fire at the Pikeville Town Hall today at about 5:30 a.m. and destroyed the building and its contents. It is unclear how many records were lost in...

First lady visits county, talks proposed literacy program

North Carolina first lady Kristin Cooper was briefed on a proposed literacy pilot program in Wayne County Thursday afternoon. Cooper started her trip with lunch in Kinston before visiting Goldsboro Pediatrics to talk with Dr. Dave Tayloe and Wayne United...

Saline shortage hits county

A shortage of saline bags commonly used in medicine is affecting the delivery of medical care at one medical practice. Dr. James Atkins, with the Southeastern Medical Oncology Center, said supplies of the IV bags are at critically low levels,...

Woman overdoses in Wayne County Public Library

A 27-year-old woman is facing charges after overdosing on heroin in the Wayne County Public Library Tuesday. Danielle Coralynn Haddock, 27, of 1303 Cashwell Drive, is charged with felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of drug...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

ACE Team arrests three in firearms, drug investigation

Three people are facing charges after members of the Wayne County Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team found them inside a house with firearms and drugs Wednesday. ACE Team members got information that Jessica Lynn Uzzell, 24, had firearms and drugs inside...

Troopers say teen charged in wreck drove 90 mph with three minors in car

The N.C. State Highway Patrol charged a teenager with reckless driving after he crashed in the 600 block of Charlie Braswell Road Wednesday night. Trooper Justin Arnette said 16-year-old Christopher Hayes, of Goldsboro, reached a speed of 90 mph with...

N.C. Health Choice in danger without federal funding

More than 1,000 children in Wayne County could lose health insurance by March of 2018 if the federal government does not renew funding for a program geared to provide them coverage. There are 1,274 children in the county covered...

Justice rally to be Nov. 11

Family and friends of Desconte Bryant, the 18-year-old Goldsboro High School student who was shot and killed in late May, will come together with community activists Nov. 11 for a justice rally in honor of the teen's memory. Rodney...

Boxes for children

Wayne County people are once again stuffing shoe boxes for needy children at Christmas time. Operation Christmas Child was started by Samaritan's Purse in 1993. Each year, people all over the country -- including Wayne County -- prepare shoe...

ACA open enrollment begins

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act began Wednesday and will continue until Dec. 15. The open enrollment period has been significantly reduced by President Donald Trump's administration, where once there was a 90-day enrollment period, this year it...

UMO Founders Day celebrates 66 years

MOUNT OLIVE -- The University of Mount Olive is celebrating 66 years of faith-based high education. The Founders Day celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Southern Bank Auditorium. The event is a time...

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Mount Olive police nab alleged bank robber coming out of Wells Fargo

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive police caught a man just after he allegedly robbed the Wells Fargo bank with a BB gun Wednesday around noon. Gary Ray Peebles, 56, of Clinton, Maryland, is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon....

Boy is beaten when he tried to prevent three people from taking his brother's Halloween candy

A 13-year-old suffered a broken arm when he was attacked trying to prevent two adults and a juvenile from taking his younger sibling's Halloween candy Tuesday evening. The victim's mother called the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and reported her 13-year-old...

Fremont will be without power Friday night into Saturday morning

Fremont town officials announced today that there will be a power outage within the town limits Friday evening into Saturday morning. Duke Energy will be changing electricity poles beginning at 11 p.m. on Nov. 3, and the outage is expected...

Police say the three suspects charged in homicide knew the victim

Goldsboro police said Wednesday the three suspects arrested and charged so far in connection to a recent homicide knew the victim who was shot and killed during a failed robbery attempt. "They knew or knew of him," said Maj. Anthony...

WCC Veterans Day celebration welcomes Purple Heart recipient

Wayne Community College will have its annual Veterans Celebration Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium in the Wayne Learning Center in the main building. The speaker will be retired Army First Sgt. Sylvania Wilkerson Sr., a Purple Heart...

Seven Springs fire department awarded $240K

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The Seven Springs Fire Department has received $240,000 in state funding toward a new $1.8 million fire station. The department also has applied for a $1.8 million grant through the Golden LEAF Foundation for the building and...

Remembering the victims: Each one has a name

They wore purple shirts, ribbons and sweaters in support for victims of domestic violence in Wayne County and across the state. The domestic violence vigil, held by the Wayne Uplift Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program, drew supporters and...

DEA establishes fentanyl taskforce

RALEIGH -- The Drug Enforcement Administration announced the establishment of six new enforcement teams focused on combatting the flow of heroin and illicit fentanyl. "At a time when overdose deaths are at catastrophic levels, the DEA's top priority is addressing...

Making each precious day count

Carol Simmons knew when daughter Carolynn Marie "Rie-Rie" Jackson was born that every day would be precious. She recalled the birth of her eighth child, being in the hospital and receiving the news. "They came out with the bloodwork...