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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Wings bring base, community together

With Papa watching their children, Kenny and Erin Warren were free to walk around and sample all the chicken wings they wanted.They were not by themselves as hundreds of people flocked to the corner of Chestnut and Center streets...

Wings bring base, community together

With Papa watching their children, Kenny and Erin Warren were free to walk around and sample all the chicken wings they wanted.They were not by themselves as hundreds of people flocked to the corner of Chestnut and Center streets...

Faith Christian Academy graduation Friday

Valedictorian Alyssa Davis told those attending Faith Christian Academy's graduation Friday night that she lives in two worlds."One is a world of books -- a world that informs, educates, transports you to other realms, takes you to places you've...

Central/Eastern Wayne alumni parade kicks off homecoming weekend

Friends, families and memories.That is all it takes to bring people back year after year for the Central/Eastern Wayne Alumni and Friends annual homecoming weekend.It is no different for the association's 46th annual homecoming that got underway Friday and continues...

Wayne Country Day graduates turn tassels

Wayne Country Day School seniors Ryan Smith and Jack Talton have similar advice to leave to their underclassmen: Study hard, work hard and leave knowing that you have done your best.The school's 31-member Class of 2018 walked across the...

2018 graduations commence

A bit of rainy weather and humidity couldn't wash away the Cougar pride Friday, as Goldsboro High School bid farewell to 128 students during its annual graduation ceremony.The ceremony started at 6 p.m., but the hours leading up to...

Dillard/Goldsboro alumni celebrate 63rd annual homecoming

Hugs, kisses and a chance to see her babies -- the students she taught over her 20 years at Goldsboro High School -- brought Patricia Polack downtown early Saturday morning.By 9:15 a.m. -- almost an hour before the Dillard/Goldsboro...

Friday, May 25, 2018

Click It or Ticket campaign underway

Law enforcement will be out in full swing over the next couple of weeks during the annual Memorial Day Click It or Ticket campaign. The campaign, from May 21 through June 3, coincides with one of the busiest holiday...

Wayne County Public Schools funding proposal announced

Wayne County's $192,291,163 overall budget proposal includes more than $21 million for current expenses and $2 million for capital improvements for Wayne County Public Schools. County Manager Craig Honeycutt on Thursday released the proposed public schools funding for fiscal...

Old stomping grounds

Tonight, the Goldsboro High School class of 2018 will walk across the stage for graduation, with eyes and minds fixed on the future. Before that, however, the soon-to-be graduates paid a visit to some of the people in their...

Man to serve up to 25 years for murder

A man standing trial for the slaying of his father-in-law in 2014 will serve 20 to 25 years in prison after accepting a plea agreement of second-degree murder. Antaun Keith Smith, who was facing a first-degree murder charge, accepted...

Dogs to compete in pie-eating contest

Calling all Wayne County dogs for the first ever pie eating competition. It will be held Saturday at noon at Pet Supplies Plus on Berkeley Boulevard. The "pie" will actually be 100 percent canned pumpkin spooned into a small...

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Memories of a lifetime

Two non-traditional Wayne County public schools held commencement ceremonies this week, Wayne Early/Middle College High School and Wayne School of Engineering. WEMCH had its ceremony Tuesday evening at The Bridge Church in Princeton, with 55 students presented with diplomas....

No verdict yet in trial of man accused in death of father-in-law

A Wayne County jury entered the second day of deliberations Wednesday, without reaching a verdict, in the first-degree murder trial of Antaun Keith Smith. Smith, 27, is on trial for the 2014 murder of his father-in law, Walter Lee...

Council eyes supplements

The Goldsboro City Council was hesitant to commit to funding an increase to teacher salary supplements in the city during its budget workshop Tuesday morning, with members questioning whether or not the city can or should put money toward...

New event center manager named

Ben Farlow has been named the new manager of Goldsboro Event Center. A native of Greensboro, he joins the Event Center with more than 20 years of hospitality, marketing and management experience. Farlow has lived in Goldsboro since 2005,...

Herring Road bridge closed

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has closed a bridge on Herring Road in Dudley after inspectors discovered an undisclosed safety problem underneath the structure Friday, according to a DOT press release sent Wednesday. According to the release, the...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Herring Road bridge closed due to safety concerns

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has closed a bridge on Herring Road in Dudley after inspectors discovered an undisclosed safety problem underneath the structure Friday, according to a DOT press release sent today.According to the release, the department...

Goldsboro City Council votes to reverse budget cuts

The Goldsboro City Council voted to reverse budget cuts to the Wayne County Museum, increase funding to two other non-profits and cut its own health benefits at its work session Tuesday morning. The original version of the city's recommended budget...

Goldsboro's pools open Saturday for the summer

Summer weather is definitely here to stay. Those wanting to cool off a bit can visit Goldsboro's two swimming pools.Both pools will be open Saturday through Sept. 3.The Mina Weil pool is located beside W.A. Foster Center.Its days and hours...

Memorial Day events to honor fallen heroes

Several Memorial Day events are planned in the Wayne County area to recognize and honor war heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend American freedoms. Events begin Saturday with volunteers setting small American flags at thousands of veterans graves...

Motorists to face high gas prices

With Memorial Day weekend just a few days away, motorists can expect to pay the highest gas prices in years as millions travel over the holiday. According to a press release from AAA Carolinas, gas prices in North Carolina have...

UNC graduate credits arts community for doctorate pursuit

A UNC-Chapel Hill student with Goldsboro ties credits the local arts community with bringing out her creative side and leading to her decision to become a doctor. Lindsay Player will receive her bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in...

Wayne UNC funds WCC scholarships

Wayne UNC Health Care has renewed its commitment to Wayne Community College's nursing program with a $100,000 donation. The funds will provide scholarships for second-year students in WCC's associate degree nursing program. "ADN students are able to receive the scholarship...

Robinson scholarship awarded to four seniors

Four graduating seniors from Wayne County Public Schools have been chosen to receive Emmet and Mary Robinson Trust Fund scholarships. The trust fund was established by the couple to award scholarships to students in the district, with intentions to pursue...

Flame ignites hope

Members of the Goldsboro Police Department took part in the annual Special Olympics Torch Run Friday. The run is known as the Flame of Hope, where officers from around the state host torch runs in their community. Six police officers...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

School board talks increasing teacher supplements, safety

Increased teacher supplements, building projects and school safety were each on the table for the Wayne County Board of Education Friday, as the board held a work session to discuss the school district's 2018-19 budget.One of the district's major fiscal...

Dunsmore to remain in Wayne County

Wayne County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Michael Dunsmore will continue to lead WCPS, after the Duval County school board in Florida selected Diana Greene to lead the district Friday.Greene, the leader of Manatee County schools, was the only Florida superintendent...

Hobby ferments into microbrewery

MOUNT OLIVE -- Rest. Relax. Enjoy. Ryan Roberts, 29, has not always able to take his own advice, but he is hopeful that visitors to his R&R Brewery and Taproom will when it opens in the fall. That philosophy is...

City residents sound off on budget

Dozens of people packed the Goldsboro City Council chamber Monday night for a public hearing on the city's proposed 2018-19 budget.Most of the conversation centered around changes to funding for several non-profit organizations in the city. The proposed budget would...

Monday, May 21, 2018

Canvass results in minor changes

There were only a few minor changes as the result of Friday's canvass of the May 8 primary, but not enough to change the outcome of any of the three races before Wayne County voters.Just 3,324 out of the...

Dillard Alumni to celebrate homecoming

Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni and Friends Inc. will celebrate its 63rd annual homecoming over the weekend of Thursday through Sunday, May 24 to 27, with classes ending with "3" and "8" receiving special honor.The weekend will kick off Thursday with the...

Commencement ceremonies kick off this week

High school graduation season kicks off this week, with three private schools and three public schools represented in the first round of commencement exercises.Wayne Early/Middle College High School will have its ceremony on Tuesday, at 6 p.m. at The...

Students raise $3,500 for clean water

Sixth-graders at Wayne Country Day School brought a recent class lesson to life, with global affects -- raising $3,500 to bring clean water to the war-torn country of South Sudan.It all started out with the 2010 short novel, "A...

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Central/EW Alumni and Friends reunion is planned

Central/Eastern Wayne Alumni and Friends will hold its 46th annual homecoming May 25 through May 27.Classes ending with 3 or 8 will be honored.The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Goldsboro Event Center.Elderess...

Southern Bank, Mt. Olive Pickle Co. announce grant challenge

MOUNT OLIVE -- Southern Bank and Mt. Olive Pickle Co. have announced a commitment to provide matching grants from their respective charitable foundations for every dollar that is donated to the Make A Difference Food Pantry in Mount Olive...

916th changes command

The 916th Air Refueling Wing welcomed new leadership Friday morning, as Col. Scovill Currin handed over command of the wing to Col. Craig McPike.As is tradition, the ceremony began at 9:16 a.m. as Major Gen. Randall Ogden, 4th Air Force...

Trial begins in Dudley murder

A Mount Olive man is on trial for the murder of his father-in-law, Walter Lee Jordan.Antaun Keith Smith, 27, is on trial for the 2014 murder of Jordan, whose body was found buried in a shallow grave at a...

Banded together, staying the course

The skies darkened and the wind picked up Friday evening but the faithful did what they do every year when Relay for Life rolls around -- banded together and stayed the course in the fight against cancer.Helen Carlton showed...

Friday, May 18, 2018

Educators form sea of red in Raleigh

Awesome. Exhilarating. Refreshing.These adjectives and others are how Eastern Wayne High School teacher and community activist Mark Colebrook describes this week's March for Students and Rally for Respect in Raleigh.Thousands of educators from across the state gathered Wednesday to...

Flood damage prevention ordinance revisions approved

Wayne County commissioners commiserated with the two speakers at Tuesday's public hearing on proposed revisions to the county's flood damage prevention ordinance.School board member Arnold Flowers said he was told he would need to pay thousands of dollars for...

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Judge Les Turner dies

Chief District Court Judge R. Les Turner, hospitalized at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill since May 10, died Thursday. Turner collapsed in a stairwell inside the Wayne County Courthouse and was found unresponsive by a bailiff. Turner's office and...

Doctor publishes book on health issue plaguing many professions ---- burnout

Former family physician Dr. Clark Gaither has released his fourth book, fittingly on a topic he battled in the medical profession -- burnout.After a 27-year career in clinical medicine, 24 of those in Goldsboro, he closed up shop in 2016...

County approves flood damage prevention ordinance revisions

Wayne County commissioners commiserated with the two speakers at Tuesday's public hearing on proposed revisions to the county's flood damage prevention ordinance.School board member Arnold Flowers said he was told he would need to pay thousands of dollars for engineering...

Fremont town clerk charged in embezzlement probe

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has charged former Fremont Town Clerk Martha Jones, 46, with embezzling thousands of dollars from the town, according to an SBI press release.According to the release, the SBI opened an investigation into Jones...

Flood victims want state to explain slow pace

Wayne County victims of Hurricane Matthew want answers as to why the state has yet to release millions of dollars in federal disaster funds -- 19 months after the storm left sections of the county under water.They want those answers...

Judge Turner remains in hospital

After falling a week ago in a stairwell at the Wayne County Courthouse, Chief District Court Judge Les Turner remains in the hospital.Turner was found unresponsive on May 10.A sheriff's deputy working in the courthouse heard the judge fall and...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Local teachers rally for more than salary

As hundreds of Wayne County teachers and support staff head to Raleigh today for the North Carolina Association of Educators "March for Students and Rally for Respect," many of them want to make one thing clear: "This is not...

Wayne Forward begins to tackle local poverty

More than 75 people rolled up their sleeves and started brainstorming ideas to combat poverty in the Goldsboro community Tuesday night.Wayne Forward, a task force committed to reducing poverty, hosted the event, which is an outgrowth of a recently...

Budget proposal includes tax increase

A 2.65-cent property increase is included in Wayne County's $192 million budget proposal for fiscal year 2018-19.The increase, which would take the rate from 66.35 to 69 cents per $100 worth of appraised value, would be effective July 1,...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Woman injured in shooting on Olivia Lane

Goldsboro police are investigating the second shooting in less than a week, after an unidentified woman was shot on Olivia Lane this afternoon.Around 1 p.m. today, police responded to a shooting in the 1100 block of Olivia Lane. A...

Dunsmore among top three candidates for Duval County superintendent

Wayne County Public Schools Superintendent Michael Dunsmore is one step closer to a new job, after the Duval County School Board in Florida named him in their top three choices to lead the school system there Monday.Dunsmore joins Manatee...

U.S. leaves Iran deal, local gas prices spike

As gas prices climb to $2.80 a gallon in Wayne County, AAA Carolinas says the jump is in part caused by President Donald Trump's decision to leave the Iran deal.In the week the president decided to re-impose sanctions on...

Council puts its own money up

The Goldsboro City Council came close to slashing its own health care benefits during the first round of fiscal 2018-19 budget deliberations Monday.Councilman David Ham recommended a repeal of the council's 2017 decision to add a health care stipend...

Monday, May 14, 2018

Wayne County schools to keep some cafeterias open Wednesday

While Wayne County Public Schools will be closed for students Wednesday as teachers and staff head to Raleigh to demonstrate for higher wages, families in need of food services will still have a place to go.Six WCPS school cafeterias...

Medical emergency leads to crash outside day care

A Dudley man in the midst of a medical emergency crashed into a day care marquee on Buck Swamp Road Monday.His condition is unknown at this time.The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, which happened steps away from...

Wayne Forward addresses poverty

Wayne Forward, a task force aimed at reducing poverty in the county, will host a public event Tuesday at the Goldsboro Event Center.Starting at 5:30 p.m., the Wayne Forward task force will present the results of poverty surveys, recently...

Women wield hammers, duel for speed

MOUNT OLIVE -- Julie Beck brought a secret weapon to Friday's fastest-hammer contest -- an electric hammer."The problem was I couldn't find any power, and you know an electric hammer doesn't work too good without power, but minor details," she...

WCC adult high school graduation

Thirty-three Adult High School students and 149 High School Equivalency degrees were presented Friday morning at Wayne Community College, as part of the transitional programs for college and career.Two graduates, representing each of the aforementioned programs, were chosen to address...

Board of Health: Food services grade criteria to change

Health inspectors handed down four "B" grades to several food establishments for the first quarter, with pending changes to food handling requirements expected to result in more violations, officials say.Kevin Whitley, environmental health director, reported the outcome off the...

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Local letter carriers help Stamp Out Hunger

The shelves of several community feeding organizations will be well-stocked for the near future, thanks to the efforts of Wayne County's letter carriers and local volunteers.The 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger letter carriers food drive took place Saturday, as postal...

Councilman residency issue inches closer to being sorted

Councilman Antonio Williams is close to having his Center Street property cleared for residency, a move that could potentially lead the councilman to retain his seat on the Goldsboro City Council.Williams' residency has recently come under fire, following complaints by...

Public hearing on flood damage prevention ordinance scheduled Tuesday

Wayne County property owners will have the opportunity Tuesday morning to comment on proposed revisions to the county's flood damage prevention ordinance.A public hearing on the changes will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the commissioners' meeting room on the...

Ole' Timey Days returns to Seven Springs

For the first time since flooding brought on by Hurricane Matthew devastated the town, Seven Springs hosted its annual Ole' Timey Days festival Saturday, drawing hundreds to enjoy food, crafts and being together.If being drowned in several feet of water...

Woman charged with soliciting an undercover officer for sex

A woman was arrested after soliciting an undercover Goldsboro police officer  for sex.According to a press release, Laketta Shawntel Williams, 29, of 602 W. Mulberry St., flagged down an undercover officer on Wednesday. The incident took place in the area...

Friday, May 11, 2018

Shooting on Slocumb

Goldsboro police are investigating an afternoon shooting the left a man with a gunshot to wound to the leg.Just before 2p.m., today Goldsboro police responded to a shooting at 1717 S. Slocumb Street at the Slocumb Mini Mart.Goldsboro police...

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Wayne County Public Schools to close May 16 for teachers to rally in Raleigh

Wayne County Public Schools will join several other school systems across the state in closing May 16, as teachers head to Raleigh to rally for higher wages and better working conditions during the March for Teachers and Rally for Respect...

Judge unresponsive after fall on courthouse stairs

District Court Judge Les Turner has been airlifted to UNC Health Care at Chapel Hill after falling in a stairwell inside the Wayne County Courthouse this morning. Initial reports are that a bailiff heard the judge fall and went to...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Casting primary ballots

Only 3,312 out of the 54,696 (6.06 percent) of the eligible Wayne County voters cast ballots in Tuesday's primary that decided two Democratic and one nonpartisan races.In the single local race for the nonpartisan Wayne County Board of Education...

Women Build planned for Mount Olive Habitat project

Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne will hold its 11th annual Women Build May 10 to 12 at 202 W. Pollock St.It is a build event, but it is also a fundraiser."It is the single biggest event that we do...

Wayne UNC celebrates surgery center opening

As a UNC Health Care medical helicopter buzzed overhead a ribbon was cut officially opening the new 40,000-square-foot addition to the Wayne UNC Health Care's surgical suite.The Tuesday afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony signaled the opening of the first phase of...

Letter carriers help stamp out hunger

In addition to delivering and picking up mail Saturday, Wayne County letter carriers will also be picking up food for local charitable organizations.The annual letter carriers food drive will take place all day Saturday. They slipped bags in which...

Monday, May 7, 2018

City, council to leave Williams' fate up to board of elections

The Goldsboro City Council remains in the dark on Councilman Antonio Williams' residency as details regarding his District 1 address are still under wraps.Councilman David Ham, during a Monday council work session, asked for an update on the disclosure of...

Police search for alleged purse snatcher

Goldsboro police are investigating a report of a purse snatching incident. Just after 3:30 p.m., police responded to a purse snatching incident at Lowe's Home Improvement located at 1202 N. Berkeley Boulevard. According to police reports a woman was walking...

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Women's expo welcomes hundreds

It was a day of pampering infused with a bit of professional networking as hundreds of women from Goldsboro and surrounding areas came out for the first Wayne WOMAN Expo on Saturday at the newly-completed Maxwell Center. The women made their...

Friday, May 4, 2018

Employers look to hire military, spouses

North Carolina employers are looking for a few good men and women.The North Carolina for Military Employment hiring event, aboard Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, offered employers the chance to connect, interview and offer jobs military veterans, transitioning service members,...

County may dodge tax increase

Wayne County taxpayers might dodge a possible 3-cent property tax increase predicted earlier this week by Wayne County Commission Chairman Bill Pate.Pate has been trying to prepare taxpayers for a possible tax increase needed to offset the loss of nearly...

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Inmate sets mattress on fire at Wayne County jail

An inmate at the Wayne County Detention Center set a mattress on fire early Thursday afternoon that forced sections of streets around the courthouse to be blocked to traffic.No injuries were reported.Goldsboro firefighters responded to reports of a fire...

WCDA president resigns

Wayne County Development Alliance President Crystal Gettys has resigned.A county press release said that Gettys resigned to pursue "other interests."The News-Argus asked the county for a copy of Getty's letter of resignation, but was told there was no letter."As the...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Commissioners tour schools

"Do you see the steam coming out of my ears?" Wayne County Commissioner Joe Daughtery said. "I just find it hard to imagine county taxpayers spending $10 million to build new classrooms when classrooms are available," Daughtery said. "I'm sorry,...

Expo to offer shopping, screenings

The Wayne WOMAN Magazine Expo will offer live cooking demonstrations, interactive booths, boutiques, home decor information and much more. Visitors can shop and also pamper and treat themselves at the event. It will take place May 5 from 10 a.m. to...

Two officers retire from the Goldsboro Police Department after more than 20 years

For two Goldsboro Police officers, Monday was bittersweet.For Capt. Teresa Cox and Sgt. Dale Foster, Monday was their official last day of service as members of the Goldsboro police force. The time had come for them to say farewell...

School system names district honoree

Tracy Hand already knew she was going to be recognized Tuesday afternoon as an instructional assistant representative for her school, Greenwood Middle, and that she was one of three finalists for Wayne County Public Schools, as those announcements had...

Simulation reveals what it means to make do with less

One in four people in Goldsboro are living in poverty.In Wayne County, with one in five people living in poverty, the reality is similar.And, perhaps more staggering are the poverty statistics for African-American children -- 53 percent in the...

Tax hike possible for Wayne County

Wayne County taxpayers should brace for what could be up to a 3-cent increase in their property taxes July 1.A 3-cent hike would increase the tax rate from the current 66.35 cents to 69.35 cents per $100 worth of...

Chamber hosts small business seminars

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce is focusing on small business, offering seminars throughout the week in celebration of National Small Business Week.Free sessions focusing on financial freedom, entrepreneurial aspirations, social media marketing and customer and vendor management are...