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Sunday, December 17, 2017

A dream kept alive

Johny Watson was larger than life. And full of dreams. He hoped to one day travel to Paris. A good student, he graduated at 16 from Spring Creek High School and immersed himself in the cosmetology program at Lenoir...

Council to revisit new fee

The Goldsboro City Council will revisit proposed commercial stormwater fees and whether to change the mayor's voting power during its meeting Monday. A new stormwater fee structure for all non-residential properties is under consideration, with a declining fee for...

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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. * Goldsboro High School Class...

Wreaths for the fallen

The crowd at Evergreen Cemetery began gathering nearly an hour before the noontime ceremony began to honor fallen veterans on Saturday. Tawyna Tucker, organizer, praised the community for its response to the local version of the national event, Wreaths Across...

University of Mount Olive graduates 300

Saturday was a day of accomplishments for Candice Worrells. The Goldsboro mom of two received a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in human resource management from the University of Mount Olive But just as importantly for...

Jingle in the Park rescheduled for Dec. 20

Jingle in the Park, originally planned on Dec. 8 and 9 but canceled due to adverse weather, will take place on Dec. 20 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Herman Park. The no-cost event, hosted by the Goldsboro Parks...

Laundry Love shares hope with a little pocket change, detergent

Laundry Love Goldsboro put the word out, and the community answered. The non-profit group held its monthly event at the Ash Street Laundrymat at 503 E. Ash St. Friday, where volunteers brought change and detergent on hand to allow...

City selling 30-pound bags of compost

The city of Goldsboro is now selling 30-pound bags of compost to the public from its compost facility 200 Westbrook Road. The popularity and overall quality of the compost, typically purchased in larger quantities from area nurseries or landscaping...

Rock 'n' roll dreaming: Fat Cat Music opens in city

Eddie Gonzalez dreamed of playing in the N.C. Symphony as a boy. But after picking up an electric guitar at age 15, he wanted to become the next Eddie Van Halen. The owner of the newly opened Fat Cat Music...

Giving in the season: Groups come together to help those in need

A free hot breakfast and clothing giveaway ushered in the holiday season for the sixth year as Christmas in the City took place Saturday morning in downtown Goldsboro. The event was split between two churches on John Street -- St....

A taste of the Caribbean: Supermarket specializing in island flavors opens

A new Caribbean Supermarket is now open on East Ash Street in Goldsboro. Owner Benita Tambel decided to open the store after seeing an unmet need in the community. The store offers a variety of foods that are more...

Friday, December 15, 2017

Beekeepers of the Neuse to present basic beekeeping class

The Beekeepers of the Neuse, in partnership with the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office, will present the basic beekeeping class. The class is open to anyone interested in becoming a new beekeeper or wanting to refresh their knowledge and skills....

AgCarolina Farm Credit collects more than 780 toy for Toys for Tots

RALEIGH -- For the third consecutive year, AgCarolina Farm Credit announced a donation of toys from members and employees for local needy children. Over 780 toys were collected in the toy collection drive.  The Toys for Tots campaign began in...

Two arrested and one cited for possession of heroin and meth

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested two people and cited a third on drug charges Friday morning, after finding heroin and methamphetamine during a traffic stop, according to a sheriff's office incident report. According to the report, sheriff's deputies conducted...

St. Luke United Methodist Church's music director to retire on Dec. 31

Bess Edwards-Sawyer has directed choirs and played the organ at church, has taught piano to young people and has even taken her choirs to the White House on two occasions. Music and the church have been an important part of...

Reaction in kindness: Goldsboro High teacher's gift goes viral

When Goldsboro High School math teacher Kyree Bethel gave a pair of shoes to senior Justin Barnes Tuesday, neither expected the response the kind act would garner from across the nation. Bethel, a lifelong basketball player with an extensive collection...

Nostalgia in song: Member of The Platters sings at Brookdale Senior Living

Milton Bullock took people back to the early rock 'n' roll era by singing The Platters chart-topping hits "Only You" and "The Great Pretender." Bullock, a former first tenor for the 1950s group, The Platters, held a concert at Brookdale...

Wayne Reads makes a return

An air of mystery surrounds the return of Wayne County Reads in 2018. Solve it and you will uncover the title of the 2019 edition of Wayne County Reads. And readers of the 2018 selection will be able to test...

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Wayne Community College partners with Delta to train technicians

Wayne Community College has entered a partnership with Delta Airlines to train aircraft maintenance technicians, officials announced. The college's Aviation Systems Technology program is one of 42 Aviation Maintenance Technician, or AMT, schools across the United States selected by...

Learning how to deal

Charles B. Aycock High School 10th-grader Maddy Belanger has moved eight times, across the country and across the world. Belanger, whose father is in the Air Force, was among several students from Charles B. Aycock, Eastern Wayne High and...

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• Jerry and Gwendolyn DeVaughn, $100. • The Logan Family, $50, in memory of James and Akina Logan. • Edward Brewington, $50, in memory of Margaret H. Brewington. • Lorie Tisdale and Mark Price, $50, in memory of our...

Maxwell Center to open in March

The $20 million Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center will open during the first weekend of March with four days of celebration. The center, located at 3114 N. Wayne Memorial Drive, will be 1.5 acres under roof. T.A. Loving...

City offers 30-pound bags of compost for $4

The city of Goldsboro is now selling 30-pound bags of compost to the public from its compost facility 200 Westbrook Road. The popularity and overall quality of the compost, typically purchased in larger quantities from area nurseries or landscaping companies,...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Reward offered in LaGrange killings

LAGRANGE -- Lenoir County Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to arrests in a Nov. 12 triple homicide as investigators work to piece together what happened when the botched heist ended with a dead body count....

Man's car is struck by gunfire on Berkeley Boulevard and New Hope Road

Police do not yet know whether gunfire that struck a man's vehicle Tuesday night was meant for him or someone else. The victim's car was struck by a bullet when shots were fired near the crossroads of Berkeley Boulevard and...

Man shot in the buttocks on Central Heights Road

A 57-year-old man is recovering after someone shot him in the buttocks early Tuesday morning. The victim told officers he was walking south in the 3500 block of Central Heights Road when someone shot him in his hindquarters. The victim...

Tax discount on the table

Offsetting an increase in the property tax rate by offering a discount for early payment is the latest option to come before Wayne County commissioners as they search for a way to replace $2 million in lost low wealth school...

Tax deadline approaches

Wayne County taxpayers have about a month remaining in which to pay their 2017 property taxes without being delinquent. Property taxes are due Sept. 1, but people have until 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5. A 2-percent penalty will be...

Looking forward, talking progress

The state of the Wayne County community is one of growth spurred by collaboration, but one that is still facing challenges -- mainly planning for the future. Those were the assessments Tuesday evening of Goldsboro Mayor Chuck Allen and...

New stormwater fee begins at start of new year

Commercial and all non-residential properties across the city of Goldsboro are under review for a new stormwater fee that is expected to start in early 2018. City officials originally planned to implement monthly stormwater fees for non-residential properties in...

Wayne Community College, Brevard College sign agreement for ag course credits

Wayne Community College and Brevard College have signed an agreement to allow agricultural students' course credits to flow seamlessly between the schools. The transfer articulation agreement allows students who earn associate degrees in agriculture at Wayne Community College to...

The Platters to perform at Brookdale

The Platters music group released such hits as "Only You," "The Great Pretender," "Twilight Time" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." And on Thursday they will be performing in concert in Goldsboro, says Kelly Helms, sales and marketing manager...

Graduate of Goldsboro High School honored with W.C. Legacy Award

A Goldsboro High School graduate was recently honored with the W.C. Legacy Award from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Alumni Association. Dr. Manuel Dudley, dean of Guilford Technical Community College's campus in Greensboro, is a 1990 GHS...

Nominations sought for best small business in Wayne County

Nominations are being sought for best small businesses in the county. The Small Business Center at Wayne Community College, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce and the Foundation of Wayne Community College are seeking...

Inductees announced for fall 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter

The fall 2017 inductees into Wayne Community College's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter are pictured, from left, Celeste Aguirre, Hope Mitchell, Kristen Rochelle, Aneesha LaFleur and Faith Mitchell; middle row, Maggie Anne Powell, Cristina Saldivar, Viviana Ponce-Castaneda, Joanna James,...

*** 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. * IOTA Chapter, Beta Lambda...

Tech company professionals participate in technology show

Technology professionals and representatives from several tech companies gathered at the Holiday Inn Express recently, as part of an information technology and cybersecurity show hosted by a group of local event planners. Elizabeth Brewington, one of the event organizers,...

To be a mentor

Lisa Lee saw the merits of a mentoring program at Goldsboro High School early on. Her son graduated from the school, and her daughter is now a junior. Plus, Lee had been in their shoes. "I graduated from GHS in...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Man is stabbed outside D&C Mini Mart on Elm Street

Someone stabbed a 32-year-old man as he walked out of the D&C Mini Mart at 1007 E. Elm St. Monday night. A police report said the victim told police he was stabbed in the left side while  leaving the store....

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* L.C. and Joanie Hill, $25, in loving memory of our son, Chris Hill. * C.T. Sauls, $30. * Southern Wayne Parchasers, $50. * ACIA Care Thrift Shop, $500. * Michael and Marie Price, $100, in memory of Josh. *...

Council to go Live, again

The Goldsboro City Council has tapped into one of the most popular forms of social media by broadcasting its meetings on Facebook Live for months. Now, the council is gearing up to also use Facebook Live for its near...

Woman donates kidney to cousin's husband

T.D. Bryant has always had a close-knit family, and this year its bond got even tighter. Sometimes the ties that bind, though, go beyond biological connections. And time folks get to spend together. After a few absences at family functions,...

Pets get to tell Santa Claus what they want for Christmas

Candie doesn't know what to make of Santa. But from the looks of it, she hasn't quite warmed up to Ol' Saint Nick just yet. The 2-year-old pup was hesitant about the big man with the bushy white beard...

Man flown to Vidant after wreck

A 34-year-old Goldsboro man is expected to face charges after hitting a tree at 75 mph and flipping his car on South Andrews Avenue at Adams Street early Saturday at about 1:15 a.m. Police said an open container of Miller...

Mount Olive residents lend a 'Helping Hand'

Every year for over two decades, Lula Newkirk has brought a bit of Christmas joy to the people of Mount Olive, and this year is no different. Newkirk, president of Helping Hands United Mission at 113 Smith St. in...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Man's paycheck stolen in robbery

DUDLEY -- A 38-year-old man was thrown from his car and robbed of his paycheck as he sat in his car checking text messages Friday morning. A report filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said the man had just...

Police investigating weekend armed robberies

Goldsboro police are investigating two armed robberies that took place at a convenience store and a restaurant only hours apart Friday night and early Saturday morning. A man in a dark blue hoodie and blue ski mask went into the...

A touch of warmth in time for the holidays

It was cold, very cold. Despite temperatures hovering near freezing, Julie Whitfield and Shiril Jackson were warmed by their excitement of being able to help others keep warm. By 7:15 a.m. Monday, the two women, who work in the Wayne...

Y's Men deliver

Laquetta Cox bought a lot of clothes and toiletries for her four children. The single mother of four, Kiarra Cox, 17, Tiarra Cox, 17, Quanya Cox, 16, and Jaheim Jones, 14, doesn't have a tree to put the gifts under....

$1.6M grant goes to Seven Springs

More than $1.6 million in funding has been awarded to the Seven Springs Volunteer Fire Department to rebuild its station after the Golden LEAF Foundation announced its final round of grant winners Thursday. The Golden LEAF Foundation made final decisions...

Wayne County maintains its state rating as Tier 2

The N.C. Department of Commerce released its 2018 county tier rankings for economic well-being with Wayne County maintaining its Tier 2 status. Each year, the Department of Commerce ranks the state's 100 counties based on economic well-being and assigns each...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Deadly Combination Part III -- The Survivors: To build anew - At the Potter's house

Salvation came to Larry Miller in the form of a merciful judge. He had spent part of his adult life and a large part of his teenage years leading the law on chases through the mucky swamps of Palm Beach...

Deadly Combination Part III -- The Survivors: Survived by - Rance's story

A Carolina Tar Heels shirt still hangs in the closet. A ball cap sits under the lamp on the nightstand. Gloria Hurley holds on tightly to just about everything her son owned. She keeps the items for sentimental reasons and...

2017 Empty Stocking Fund party spreads holiday cheer

Kayden Green totes around a toy nearly his own size in Goldsboro High School's library Saturday morning. The 3-year-old has just picked out a C-3PO replica from Star Wars. His smile is even bigger than the toy, stretching from ear...

Carley's Formals brings established dress shop business to Goldsboro

Denise Bass is very pleased with the location for her second dress shop, Carley's Formals, which opened recently in Cobblestone Place. Her initial business venture in Smithfield, Carley's So Sweet Pageant Boutique, was started five years ago. Her decision to...

Spirit AeroSystems announces $55.7 million expansion in Kinston

Spirit AeroSystems, one of the world's largest independent suppliers of airplane parts, announced plans to expand its operations and invest $55.7 million its N.C. Global TransPark facility in Kinston. Gov. Roy Cooper said the investment is a boost for eastern...

Edgewood Community Developmental School celebrates 50th anniversary

Emily Powell began volunteering at what is now Edgewood Community Developmental School in 1968 and says it changed her life. At the time, it was housed in First Presbyterian Church, serving about 20 special needs students, ranging in age from...

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Jingle in the Park nixed due to weather

The weekend will roll by without any holiday festivities in Herman Park. Goldsboro Parks and Recreation confirmed this afternoon that Jingle in the Park is canceled for tonight due to inclement weather. It was also canceled Friday night. The department...

Friday, December 8, 2017

PHOTO SHOOT: Two juveniles accidentally shoot gun while taking a photo, there were no injuries

Two juveniles taking a photo with a gun Tuesday night put a bullet through a bathroom mirror when the firearm accidentally went off. A Wayne County Sheriff's Office report said a 15-year-old's  mother and her boyfriend left their home in...

Helping Hands 4 God's Children to hold toy drive

Helping Hands 4 God's Children will be holding a toy drive on Tuesday for children hospitalized during the holidays. "My goal is to give all the baby dolls and trucks to our hospital," said Shiela Gibson, founder and CEO of...

Jingle in the Park canceled for tonight

Santa won't be coming to town tonight. Goldsboro Parks and Recreation confirmed just before 1 p.m. that Jingle in the Park is canceled for tonight. It is still planned to be held in Herman Park tomorrow, Dec. 9, from 4...

Warm treatment

When Teresa Best started sewing quilts for chemotherapy patients at the Southeastern Medical Oncology Center, she did not do so for accolades. On Wednesday, when she visited SMOC to give the quilts out, Best did not care if the...

Board seeks more information on possible sales tax increase

Wayne County commissioners on Tuesday instructed County Manager George Wood to continue his research into the possibility of a new quarter-cent sales tax for the county. The conversation is being spurred by a state mandate to reduce classroom size...

DOT receives comments from public about U.S. 70 improvement project

For Johnston County resident Jeanette Burgess, the North Carolina Department of Transportation's plan to improve US 70 to interstate quality could result in the loss of a potential new business. Burgess, who recently purchased property along US 70 to...

*** 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. * Liz and Dave Meador,...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

City now selling 30-pound bags of compost

The city of Goldsboro is now selling 30-pound bags of compost to the public from its compost facility 200 Westbrook Road. The popularity and overall quality of the compost, typically purchased in larger quantities from area nurseries or landscaping companies,...

Former chief master sergeant indicted in 2016 fatal wreck

A Wayne County grand jury this week indicted a former 4th Security Forces squadron manager at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base on a charge of second-degree murder. The charges stem from an alleged drunk driving incident in December 2016,...

Public meeting on the project to upgrade to U.S. 70 West to interstate standards is today

A public meeting will be held today from 4 to 7 p.m.  about a $130.5 million project to upgrade U.S. 70 West to interstate standards. It will be held at Grace Baptist Church, 220 Barden St., Princeton. The 6.7-mile section...

Deadly Combination Part II -- The Susceptible: The path to prevention - Curbing with COPE

Wayne County Sheriff's Deputy Robin Stine believes the path to drug prevention starts early in life. Stine is the instructor for the Community Oriented Prevention Education program, a Wayne County Sheriff's Office initiative designed to teach fifth-grade students about the...

Deadly Combination Part II -- The Susceptible: Where it starts - Drugs and youth

As opioid addiction continues to impact Wayne County, students are coming face-to-face with drugs in their daily lives, both at home and at school. Juliet Jones is a health and physical education teacher at Eastern Wayne High School. She said...

*** 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. * Baddour, Parker, Hine &...

Coordination is key to cultivating, recruiting students

Business people, educators, government officials and other community figures from all over Wayne County gathered at Lane Tree Golf Club Tuesday for an Education Hot Topic Luncheon, where they listened to a discussion from several leaders in local education....

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Chop shop broken up by sheriff's office

A 63-year-old is facing charges and another man is wanted after a traffic stop on two stolen rollback wrecker rigs led to the discovery of a chop shop and 13 stolen cars. Wayne County sheriff's deputies stopped two stolen wreckers...

Shootout at the 117 Internet Cafe leaves one injured

Several people escaped injury when a fist fight turned into a gunfight at 117 Internet Cafe in Mar Mac Tuesday. One man allegedly involved in the shooting was hit by a bullet fragment, and five people are facing charges for...

Man allegedly leads officers on high-speed chase after being identified as a suspect in common law robbery

A man suspected of snatching a purse will now face many more charges after leading officers on a high-speed chase on U.S. 70 this morning and allegedly trying to run over a Wayne County Sheriff's Office captain throwing down stop...

Wreaths Across America organizers seek community support

As the Christmas season comes back around, so does the opportunity to remember those who are no longer able to celebrate. The annual Wreaths Across America project will return to Wayne County Dec. 16, as friends and family of...

Deadly Combination Part I -- The Casualties: The antidote - Narcan, a savior or a crutch?

Shoot it. Smoke it. Snort it. Each plunge of the needle, draw into the lungs or sniff of the powder is an effort to chase that same elusive high -- the one the addict got the very first time they...

Deadly Combination Part I -- The Casualties: A look at the numbers - Overdoses and deaths

Deaths from opioid-related overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. The drugs are increasingly claiming lives across the nation, state and in Wayne County. While the number of deaths in Wayne County is lower...

Deadly Combination Part I -- The Casualties: An ongoing battle - Treating the addicts

Denise Bruce has seen it all before. An adult, anywhere between the ages of 20 and 40, enters the emergency room lethargic, with a low pulse and a very low blood pressure reading. Breathing may be slowed, speech a little...

Deadly Combination Part I -- The Casualties: On the front lines - EMS and law enforcement

A police cruiser sits at the side of the road. The car's blue lights flash against the black backdrop of the early morning darkness. The car that has been pulled over is dark, too. Inside, the officer can see...

Goldsboro mayor: Fence is a waste of money

Mayor Chuck Allen called the addition of a $31,000 fence to the rear of Union Station expensive and a waste of taxpayers' money. The council was presented with a contract proposal by Dudley's Fence Co., which would add a...

*** 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. * June Anderson, $100, in...

County approves more classrooms

Eight more classrooms will be added to the new Meadow Lane Elementary School now under construction, but a new elementary school for southeastern Wayne County has been put on hold. Tuesday morning, Wayne County commissioners by a 3-2 margin...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Police make second arrest in Herman Street shooting death

Police arrested a second suspect today in the Nov. 21 homicide on Herman Street. Octavius Thompson, 23, of Elm City, is charged with an open count of murder in the shooting death of 42-year-old Sammy Lamarcus Evans. Thompson was arrested...

Pizza delivery driver robbed of pie, $20 in mount Olive neighborhood

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Domino's Pizza delivery man was uninjured when two men lured him to an apparently vacant house and robbed him at gunpoint Monday night. The suspects made off with the pizza that the driver was carrying, as...

Christmas Land

In the harbor, you'll see all kinds of boats and people ice fishing by an ice shanty. In the wilderness area, you'll find a hunting and camping area at the foot of snow covered mountains. Each year, the home of...

Fremont holds its first ever Christmas tree lighting event

The people of Fremont celebrated the Christmas season in style Friday night, as the town hosted its first-ever Christmas Tree lighting event. Dozens of people gathered around the tree at the corner of Main Street and Goldsboro Street around 6...

Forecasts hold; indicate snow will fall Friday

The Weather Channel is predicting a 90 percent likelihood of snow and rain mixing in Goldsboro later this week, as the temperature is expected to drop to 31 degrees F, Friday night. The figure is up from Monday, when the...

Thunderbirds scheduled to return to Wings Over Wayne in 2019

Different but familiar birds will be flying through the skies of Wayne County April 27 and 28, 2019, when the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds headline the 2019 Wings Over Wayne Air Show. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base announced the confirmation...

Food for the hungry

The Goldsboro Community Soup Kitchen at 112 W. Oak St. is handling the holidays just like any other time of year -- by providing a hot meal to those in need, regardless of the circumstances which brought them through...

Mayor's vote questioned

Councilman Bevan Foster made a move to reduce the mayor's voting power during the Goldsboro City Council meeting Monday. At the end of the meeting, when each of the council members are provided with time for a few words,...

*** 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. * John Hudson, $100, in...

School to celebrate its 50th anniversary this Friday

It was founded in 1967, she said, at First Presbyterian Church and called a "developmental school for retarded children." "The goal was to help the retarded child improve physically, socially, emotionally and to increase their skills, awareness, independence and ability...

Local M.D. named Physician of the Year

Dr. Kevin Talton was honored Friday as Family Physician of the Year by the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians at its winter conference in Asheville. Talton, 46, is medical director at Mount Olive Family Medicine Center. "I was definitely...

Man tries to get Oxycodone with fake prescription

A man tried to get a fake prescription for Oxycodone filled at Raper Discount Drugs at 2303 Wayne Memorial Drive Friday morning. A Goldsboro police report said the man tried to give an employee a fake prescription for 60 Oxycodone...

Mount Olive couple to hold Christmas decorating contest benefiting Kitty Askins Hospice

MOUNT OLIVE -- Do you think you are the Clark Griswold of Mount Olive when it comes to decorating your home for Christmas? If so, you might consider entering a contest where could not only win bragging rights, but...

Mount Olive lights up during Christmas Open House

Santa Claus and more than 400 of his closest friends helped Mount Olive kick off the Christmas season Friday evening at the annual Christmas Open House. The event was put on by the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce, town,...

Monday, December 4, 2017

Patricia Burden elected to chair the Wayne County Board of Education

The Wayne County Board of Education elected Patricia Burden as its new chairman at its meeting Monday afternoon, replacing Arnold Flowers as the head of the board. Burden was elected at the start of the meeting, before the board went...

Woman charged after allegedly firing gun at ex-boyfriend

A woman is facing charges after allegedly shooting into her neighbor's house early Saturday morning. Shanita S. Williams, 26, of 106 Woodside Circle, is charged with felony shooting into an occupied dwelling. A report filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's...

Did somebody say snow?

Did somebody mention snow? The Weather Channel and Weather Underground did, both pointing on their websites to possible snow showers for the Goldsboro area early Saturday. The Weather Channel's website, weather.com, lists a 60 percent chance of rain showers mixing...

Sheriff's Office seizes $12,000 in meth and marijuana

An estimated $12,000 worth of methamphetamine and marijuana were taken off the street in mount Olive Saturday. The drug seizure comes as the Wayne County Sheriff's Office continues its efforts to investigate drug sales in the southern portion of the...

Prevention, education key when battling diabetes

Joanie Bradshaw only needed one small reason to take care of her health -- her 3-year-old granddaughter. "It was hard for me to keep up with her -- I was out of shape, I was not exercising," the 57-year-old...

Stepping into the season 2.0

The town of Pikeville capped off a weekend of celebration Sunday, as hundreds gathered for the town's annual Christmas parade. Pikeville's parade marked the fifth such event nearby in two days. Mount Olive, Fremont, Princeton and Goldsboro all held Christmas...

*** 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. * Patricia O'Donoghue, $100, in...

Expansion plans up for review

Plans to expand the Goldsboro fire and police departments by nearly 7,000 square feet will go up for review by the Goldsboro City Council tonight. A site plan, developed by Charlotte-based Moseley Architects, includes the addition of an evidence...

Goldsboro Family Y partners up with community outfits to grant Christmas wishes

Fifty families in Wayne County will have a happy Christmas because of the Y's Men program. This is the 17th year that the Goldsboro Family Y has conducted the program. "This program is the only one if its kind in...

Sunday, December 3, 2017

A 'Rebel' with a sense of fashion

Southern Rebel Boutique in downtown Goldsboro offers a unique shopping experience with clothing that blends Bohemian with West Coast fashion styles. The store, at 102 E. Walnut St., was recently opened by owner Denise Simendinger, who moved to the...

County to look at raising sales tax to fund schools

Wayne County residents could be asked to approve an additional quarter-cent sales tax to help pay for the new teachers and classrooms the county will need in order to meet a state mandate to reduce the number of pupils...

On the agenda: Commissioners to discuss merger of Patetown, Antioch fire districts

Consolidation of the Patetown and Antioch volunteer fire districts will be the topic of a Tuesday morning public hearing before Wayne County commissioners. The public hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in the commissioners' meeting room on the fourth...

Stepping into the season

The Saturday full of parades in Wayne County kicked off with the Mount Olive parade at 10 a.m. moving on to Fremont at 1 p.m. with the day capping off in Goldsboro. MOUNT OLIVE If the cold and the...

*** 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 Margaret Hollowell,...

Pancake breakfast flips donations into funding for programs for kids

Before the parades began marching down streets throughout Wayne County Saturday, volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of Goldsboro were hard at work. The club hosted its 39th annual Pancake Breakfast Day Saturday, serving up hundreds of hot...

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Handmade Holiday Market to feature artisans' work, beer and wine samples, bakery items

Handcrafted wood, clothing, candles, soaps and a variety of other items will be available at the Handmade Holiday Market Sunday afternoon in downtown Goldsboro. The market will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. on the mezzanine level of the...

Friday, December 1, 2017

Liquor houses raided in Goldsboro

Officers pull on their bulletproof gear and chat about what's to come. They are gathered in the parking lot of the Wayne County sheriff's annex off of U.S. 117. Cars crank and officers load up before pulling out and forming...

County begins to accept Low-Income Energy Assistance Program applications

The Wayne County Department of Social Services began accepting applications today for the state's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program. Households including a person aged 60 or older, or an individual receiving disability benefits and services through the N.C. Division of Aging...

Man is robbed and pistol whipped in his home in Dudley

A 35-year-old man was pistol-whipped and robbed when he got home from work Thursday night. A report filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said the man arrived at his home in the 100 block of Mitchell Road in Dudley...

Wayne Prep earns academic growth award from state

Wayne Preparatory Academy has received an Exceeded Academic Growth Award from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, after students at the school showed substantial growth during the 2016-17 school year. John Twitty, managing director at WPA, said that the...

Mislabeling prompts voluntary product recall by Farrell Farms

Farrell Farms, a Goldsboro business venture whose nut-based products are sold to benefit a Bolivian orphanage, has pulled some of its products after being notified of a voluntary recall due to mislabeling. Dr. Frank Farrell, proprietor of the effort who...

*** 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. * Carl Gray and Paige...

Community talks crime, progress

Goldsboro Police Chief Mike West, City Manager Scott Stevens and other city officials were on hand at a community forum Thursday night at Rebuilding Broken Places to discuss police operations and new city developments. West opened the forum after...

County Christmas parades step off this weekend

Santa Claus is coming to town, after town, after town, after town this weekend for parades in Goldsboro, Mount Olive, Fremont and Princeton on Saturday and in Pikeville on Sunday. The Mount Olive Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Mount Olive...