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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Don't forget to hug your child: Nonprofit seeks to eliminate community violence

Eighty-eight parents have signed a pledge to hug their children and tell them they love them daily in an effort to decrease the epidemic of anti-social behaviors in their communities.The pledge, known as the Hug and Love Key, was...

Council approves purchase of golf carts

The Goldsboro City Council approved the purchase of 50 golf carts for the Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course Monday despite one councilman suggesting that it may be time to look at shutting the course down.In June, Goldsboro Parks and Recreation...

Bodies displaced at Elmwood remain unidentified

When Hurricane Matthew pounded eastern North Carolina with heavy rain nearly two years ago, the storm displaced both the living and the dead.The heavy flooding caused by the storm disturbed 36 gravesites in the city owned Elmwood Cemetery, a...

Voters to decide on sales tax increase

Wayne County voters will decide in November whether to support an increase in sales taxes to support local education needs.The Nov. 6 general election ballot will include a referendum to increase the local option sales tax by one-quarter cent,...

Wayne County landfill days, hours to change

The Wayne County landfill at Dudley will begin operating on a new schedule effective Tuesday, Sept. 4.The change could be followed sometime later by new schedules for the county's 13 convenience sites, although that has yet to be determined.Currently,...

Stones and Bones

Jonathan Fain presented a "Stones and Bones" program for children Thursday at Steele Memorial Library. Fain, who has been interested in fossils since he was 8, showed the children a variety of fossils and stones from his collection, all...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Farmers market promotes local produce

Go Wayne Go and the Goldsboro Family YMCA have teamed up to offer a new farmers market as a way to promote healthy eating and increase access to fresh, local produce."It's an educational opportunity as well as a nutritional...

Book a Librarian offers one-on-one appointments

Pastor Donnell Cromartie just needed a little help.The blind minister had a computer and smartphone but struggled with how to use them.So when he learned about the Book a Librarian program at Wayne County Public Library, he took advantage...

Williams claims conspiracy behind residency dispute

To hear Goldsboro City Councilman Antonio Williams put it, the controversy surrounding his residency in District 1 is best left in the past.Other council members seemed to agree, to varying degrees, at the council's Monday meeting, the first since...

Board of Elections office moves

Instead of counting votes, the staff at the Wayne County Board of Elections has been busy counting the screws as they put together chairs and tables for their new office.The elections office has moved diagonally across the street from...

Man charged with sexual assault

Wayne County sheriff deputies arrested a Goldsboro man for the alleged sexual assault of two girls that were in his care.Terry Douglas Brake, 59, of 102 Wesley Drive, has been charged with first-degree statutory sexual offense, attempted first-degree statutory...

Monday, July 16, 2018

Voting for Reader's Choice Awards extended

The date for voting for area businesses as part of the Reader's Choice Awards has been extended to the end of the month.Originally, the last day to vote in the popular Goldsboro News-Argus online competition was set for July 20....

Moses family reunion celebrates history

Eddie Lee Moses recalled a family reunion about 20 years ago, but it was only attended by a handful of people. Then his son, Tony, came along and suggested they make it more expansive. The plan all came together this past weekend,...

Commissioners eye sales tax increase

Wayne County voters could decide the fate of a possible one-quarter cent sales tax when they go to the polls this November.Wayne County commissioners are expected to start the process Tuesday when they consider approval of a resolution directing the...

N.C. Poultry Festival band lineup, activities announced

Several bands plan to take center stage during the annual N.C. Poultry Festival, previously known as Beak Week, in downtown Goldsboro in September.Event organizers announced headliner Jerrod Niemann, a country singer known for his attention-grabbing lyrics and chart-topping hits, will...

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Goldsboro High School: Meet the principal

Several opportunities to meet the new Goldsboro High School principal will be held this week around the community, Wayne County Public Schools officials announced.Christopher Horne, who took over the administrative role this past week, is scheduled to be at...

Petroleum magnate legacy remembered

Businessman and petroleum entrepreneur Emmett Judson "Buddy" Pope Jr. is being remembered as personifying the hard-nosed and astute businessman, but also as someone who loved his family and community.Pope, whose family owns E.J. Pope Inc. and its subsidiaries, Handy...

Helping the horses

N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Bennie Grady loves horses.When he and wife, Pamela, were building their new home in the northern end of the county, the intent was to build a house and use the land for the couple's animals...

Silver Whistle Award

Crime Stoppers board member Rick Sutton, right, presents the Crime Stoppers Silver Whistle Award to Tommy Tillman with Tillman's Restaurant Equipment and Supplies for the annual donation made to the Crime Stoppers Reward Program....

Airman graduates from basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Khadija J. Faison recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values,...

LaGrange woman drowns in pool

A 65-year-old woman died from an apparent drowning Friday evening in LaGrange.Wayne County sheriff deputies and Wayne County Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to 1961 E. New Hope Road, in LaGrange, at approximately 9:53 p.m. after receiving information of...

Long Leaf Pine presented to Goldsboro native

An attorney and Goldsboro native was recently recognized by Gov. Roy Cooper with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious awards presented by the governor of North Carolina.T. Diane Surgeon, a Goldsboro High School...

Friday, July 13, 2018

Seymour Johnson airman dies after being injured Sunday

A Seymour Johnson Air Force Base airman has died in a hospital in Germany after a "non-combat related incident" left him injured, according to a press release from Seymour Johnson public affairs.Staff Sgt. James T. Grotjan, a member of the...

Feeding the hungry

Standing in the cafeteria at Charles B. Aycock High School, Maxwell Cooper watched from afar as a fellow student asked others for their leftovers.Even though he had already eaten his own lunch, the student walked around the cafeteria and tried...

U.S. 117 South to close for road work

Sections of U.S. 117 South will be closed on alternating nights later this month to allow a construction company to set concrete girders at the O'Berry Road bridge/overpass in Dudley that will go over the highway.The northbound lanes between...

Vehicle crash results in power loss at mall

A two-vehicle wreck near Berkeley Mall knocked out an electric transformer and led to several stores losing power Thursday afternoon.Just before noon, the accident took place at the south end of the mall entrance.Goldsboro police cited Rhonda Elmore, of...

Four arrested on drug charges

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement team arrested four people on drug charges during a traffic stop along N.C. 55 East in Seven Springs Monday.During the search of the vehicle, deputies located two handguns, one which was...

House fire on Knollwood under investigation

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office along with the Grantham, Thoroughfare and Mar-Mac fire departments are investigating a fire that engulfed a double-wide modular home on Knollwood Drive Wednesday evening.At around 10 p.m. Wednesday, a fire was reported in a...

3HC files CON for Cumberland County office

Home Health and Hospice Care is one of two companies that have filed competing certificate of need applications to develop a hospice home care agency office in Cumberland County.The other application is from Well Care Hospice of the Eastern...

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Residents decry coal ash recycling proposal

Speakers at a Tuesday night public hearing on Duke Energy's application for a state permit for a coal ash recycling project at its H.F. Lee Plant left no doubt that they do not trust the company.Several speakers suggested that alternatives...

A lifetime of caring

In years past, the large colorful inflatables in the front yard of Dr. Kenneth Wilkins Sr.'s Mulberry Street home celebrated different holidays and his family.This week, his family is using those same decorations to celebrate the life and legacy...

Outpouring of support

When Sandy Thornton learned her 17-year-old daughter had cancer a few months ago, she had no idea how she would put one foot in front of the other -- much less how she would juggle treatments, doctor appointments and...

Voting for Readers' Choice Awards begins

It's time to once again cast a vote for your favorite businesses in the community.The popular Goldsboro News-Argus Readers' Choice Awards provide a chance to recognize goods and services befitting of loyalty.Cast your vote in more than 100 categories...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Health Department nets $150,000 to combat opioid crisis

Wayne County Health Department is working to make good use of state grant funding received to tackle the opioid crisis in this community.Gov. Roy Cooper announced last month that 12 communities would split $1.5 million in grant awards to...

Officers conduct raid, shut down liquor house

For the second time in less than a year, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement of Wayne County has raided the same Goldsboro home for running an illegal liquor operation.On July 6 at 7 p.m., ALE, Goldsboro police and Wayne...

Empowered for success

For five years, the Project YESS summer camp program has worked to encourage young children to reach for success by offering daily science, technology, engineering and math focused activities at Rebuilding Broken Places."The overall goal of Project YESS is...

Board declines to pursue councilman residency

The saga of Goldsboro City Councilman Antonio Williams' residency may have come to an end Tuesday afternoon, as the Wayne County Board of Elections unanimously decided not to pursue a formal hearing to determine if Williams resides in his...

The King returns

Elvis is back.Stephen Freeman, an Elvis tribute artist, will be in concert at the Paramount Theatre Aug. 24 to raise funds for United Way of Wayne County. With him will be his Echoes of a Legend show band."It's a...

Carrying on a family tradition

MOUNT OLIVE -- Perched on a stool in front of the oven, Gaynell Brock stirs an ancient cast iron skillet of bubbling corn.She watches for the tell-tale signs that the corn is properly blanched.At the sink, her daughter, Debbie...

Olympian claims bronze medal at USA Games

Scott Britt fared well at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games held recently in Seattle, Washington.Representing Special Olympics Wayne County, he participated in the bocce competition in three events.He earned third place in singles, netting a bronze medal, as...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

City names public information officer

A Goldsboro native with nearly 20 years of experience in journalism, social media management and public affairs started as the city's public information officer Monday.LaToya Henry, formerly the public information specialist for the city of Norfolk's Department of Utilities...

American Red Cross experiencing blood shortage

The American Red Cross is experiencing a critical blood shortage following the July 4 holidays."We had a really rough week following Independence Day," said Maya Franklin, external communications manager with Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region of which Wayne...

Bozeman installed as state BPW leader

Wayne County photographer Barbara Bozeman of Dudley has been installed as state president of Business and Professional Women/NC.The organization is also known as the N.C. Federation of North Carolina Business and Professional Women Clubs.Bozeman, who was installed June 24...

Fun at the playground

Military family to receive new home

Wade Jurney Homes and Operation Homefront are awarding their third home in two years to a military family in Wilson in September.Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization that provides homes for military families and has awarded more than...

Cancer fundraising golf tournament set for Lane Tree

For the 30 teams that will compete Saturday at Lane Tree Golf Club, the prize won't be so much posting the winning score as it will be helping someone in need.The Tee It Up Fore Clint fundraising golf tournament...

Home break-in suspect arrested

Wayne County sheriff deputies arrested a Goldsboro man following an investigation stemming from a home break-in that took place in March.Darius Lamar Little, 22, of 3668 Wayne Memorial Drive, was recently charged with felony larceny, felony possession of stolen...

Monday, July 9, 2018

Three jailed on drug charges

Three people were booked in the county jail Saturday for drug-related offenses with combined bonds set near $1 million.Goldsboro police from the department's selective enforcement unit made a traffic stop on Royall Avenue, which resulted in a vehicle search.A...

The latest scoop: Java Hut and Creamery serves up ice cream, coffee

PIKEVILLE -- Heard the latest scoop?A new ice cream shop has opened on the main street of Pikeville, arriving just in time to quench effects of the recent heat wave.The move made perfect sense to owner Desiree Autrey, double...

From addiction to recovery

Clay Worrell's recovery story is compelling.He grew up poor but determined to make something of himself, becoming a top salesman in real estate and later mobile homes, amassing financial success by his mid-20s."My whole identity was money -- my...

Councilman wages garnished for delinquent tax bill

A delinquent property tax bill led the Wayne County Tax Office to garnish Goldsboro Councilman Mark Stevens' council paycheck.The tax office lists Stevens as owing $1,479.29, a mishap Stevens said happened after he did not receive the paperwork notifying...

Hinson completes agricultural leadership program

Wayne County student Jacob Hinson, second from right, from Rosewood High School, was recently recognized for completing the N.C. Farm Bureau's Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders program. He is pictured with N.C. A&T State University Dr. Antoine Alston, N.C. State...

University gives $5,000 to Habitat's Mount Olive Build 2018

Dr. Philip Kerstetter, left, former president of the University of Mount Olive, presents Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne Executive Director Matthew Whittle with a $5,000 donation from the university to the Mount Olive Build 2018 project. The first home at...

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Duplin to receive elevation funding

Hurricane Matthew survivors in Duplin, Pitt and Johnston counties and the city of Wilson will be receiving hazard mitigation grants.Meanwhile, state officials said it will be the end of July before Wayne County storm victims receive any of the...

Being the change: Philanthropic effort results in new sound system for Goldsboro High School

Margaret Baddour wouldn't describe herself as a fixer or a fund raiser but recently she found herself taking on both roles.The retired Wayne Community College instructor and veteran performer took center stage after discovering a need for a sound...

Carver alumni celebrate 36th annual reunion

MOUNT OLIVE -- For more than three decades, the Carver High School Alumni and Friends Association have been a constant presence in Mount Olive and southern Wayne County, providing outreach to those in the community and fellowship to those...

Teen resilient in cancer fight

For the past four months, Sandy Thornton has worked hard to stay the course in the aftermath of learning her 17-year-old daughter Sarah Jernigan has cancer.The news on March 6 that the Southern Wayne High School student has hypodploid...

Cemetery cleanup

Members of the Goldsboro Rifles, South Central Brigade, Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 760 initiated the first round of a cleanup project of the Flowers-Bundy Cemetery in Mount Olive on June 23. The grave of CPL Furney Flowers, Company H,...

Friday, July 6, 2018

Wayne County to get nearly $8 million in disaster funding

Nearly two years after historic flooding left parts of Wayne County under water, North Carolina has been awarded nearly $8 million in federal disaster aid to help local storm victims with their recovery.The money will be used to buy out 84...

Sprinkler Fun Day

Amy Johnson runs through the water with her daughter Xander, 3, during Sprinkler Fun Day at Cornerstone Commons Thursday afternoon. Firefighters set up the giant sprinkler every Thursday at 3 p.m. for an hour so that families and groups can...

Few details released in Evans murder; suspect still at large

Few details have been released in the murder investigation of former Fremont Mayor Floyd Anthony "Andy" Evans.Evans, the town mayor from 1998 to 2003, was found dead by a family member on June 16 at his property on Evans...

Hurricane Matthew recovery centers open, survivors encouraged to apply

There has been an uptick in activity at the Wayne County ReBuild NC Application Center following a recent visit to the county by N.C. Emergency Management Director Michael Sprayberry.More than 200 applications have been filed thus far for help...

Man arrested for rash of break-ins

A suspect wanted in connection with a rash of break-ins in the Mount Olive area was arrested Sunday by Wayne County sheriff deputies.The break-ins were reported throughout the town from June 5 through 29, according to Mount Olive police.An...

Wayne Community College partners with Western Governors University to fill skills gap

Wayne Community College and Western Governors University North Carolina, an online nonprofit university, have established a partnership that will increase access to affordable education.The institutions recently signed an agreement that will provide WCC graduates and faculty with a 5...

College awarded $2 million grant

KENANSVILLE -- James Sprunt Community College will receive a $2 million grant to construct a workforce training facility that will expand its licensed practical nursing and registered nursing programs.According to the college estimates, the project is expected to create...

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Wayne students attend Governor's School

Three local students have been chosen to attend the 2018 session of Governor's School this summer.The rising seniors are representing Wayne County Public Schools at the prestigious school.Chosen to participate were Weston Hersey from Charles B. Aycock High School,...

Siratt named Cliffs of Neuse superintendent

As a boy, Eric Bradley Siratt loved being outdoors, and he also loved history.He combined both of those loves into a career as a state park ranger. Now he's taken it a step further, having recently being named superintendent...

Suspect charged in failed jewelry kiosk robbery

A Goldsboro man accused of trying to steal jewelry from a Berkeley Mall kiosk Sunday was arrested by police in the mall parking lot.Goldsboro police responding to a trespassing call at about 9:50 p.m. arrived at the mall and...

Yates assumes command of 4th Fighter Wing

For Col. Donn C. Yates, assuming command of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's 4th Fighter Wing was like a homecoming.Yates was previously stationed at the base in 1999 for F-15E Strike Eagle pilot training, 2003-2005 as an instructor pilot,...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

N.C. Pickle Festival sets earlier 2019 date

MOUNT OLIVE -- The N.C. Pickle Festival will be held a little earlier than normal in 2019 -- two weeks earlier, to be exact.It will be Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, to avoid a conflict with Seymour Johnson Air...

Mount Olive welcomes back Hardee's

MOUNT OLIVE -- Cars were in line for the drive-through by 5 a.m. Monday when Hardee's opened for business.And by 10 a.m., the parking lot was full and a steady stream of customers filed through the restaurant.But it was...

Safety first on the Fourth of July

Most fireworks are illegal in North Carolina, but there are still some options for anyone interested in celebrating the Fourth of July at home.Much like any other year, a fireworks tent is stationed in the Walmart parking lot along...

Business owner hosts gun buyback

A local businessman hosted a gun buyback program over the weekend in an effort to reduce violent crimes in Goldsboro.Such events, aimed at getting weapons off the streets, are more commonly held by local government. But Bobby Harvey, a...

Pikeville Lions celebrate

The Pikeville Lions Club held its annual awards and installation banquet June 25. From left, Danny Newcomb, director; Robert Hooks, lion tamer; Hank Stewart, director; Gene Goetz, second vice president and membership chairman; Billy Herring, third vice president and secretary/treasurer;...

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Record-breaking Fourth of July travel expected

Despite higher gas prices this year, a record number of travelers plan to hit the road during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.More than 1.3 million North Carolinians will travel more than 50 miles away from home during the...

Seeking redemption: Expungement clinic offers second chance

Ever since the city of Goldsboro began receiving grants earmarked to address poverty, community members have upped the ante to find ways to address the needs, says Shycole Simpson-Carter, community relations director."Everyone knows that criminal justice as well as...

Teens earn scholarships for public health essays

Dalton Ira is like most teenagers with a cellphone and other electronic devices.It's a necessity, but nothing to lose sleep over.Easier said than done, as the recent Rosewood High School graduate stayed up into the wee hours of the...

Health officials: 'Fight the Bite'

RALEIGH -- There were 896 cases of tick-borne diseases in North Carolina last year and 95 cases of domestically acquired and travel-associated mosquito-borne diseases.And as temperatures continue to warm up, state health officials are advising North Carolinians to "Fight...

Fourth of July closings and celebrations

Local, state and federal offices, banks and post offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.The News-Argus office will be closed July 4, and there will be no newspaper that day.All Wayne...

Joe Scott leads economic development board

Mount Olive Mayor Mount Olive Mayor Joe Scott has been elected chairman of the Wayne County Development Alliance.David Perry, owner of Goldsboro Builder's Supply, is the new vice chairman.Scott is no stranger to economic development having served on the...

Help pets destress before fireworks explode

Most people get a thrill from watching colorful fireworks explode in the night sky on the Fourth of July.But the noise and bright colors can sometimes stress out Fido. However, there are precautions pet owners can take to make...

Olympian to compete in USA Games

Herman Park Center was abuzz on Thursday morning in anticipation of Scott Britt's arrival for his surprise "send-off party" before heading to the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington.Summer Camp kids lined the hallway. Strains of the popular Olympics...

Wayne Community College graduates visit, donate on 40th anniversary

Members of the Wayne Community College Dental Hygiene Class of 1978 recently gathered for its 40th anniversary reunion.While on campus, the classmates toured the college's dental facilities which were new to them as they had studied on the "old...

Retired School Personnel Association presents scholarships

The Wayne County Retired School Personnel has presented three scholarships totaling $6,000.The scholarships are presented to graduating high school seniors who plan careers in education.The Dale Gainey Scholarship was awarded to Jasmin Brown of Rosewood High School. She plants...

Carver Alumni 36th annual reunion

The Carver High School Alumni and Friends Association will celebrate its 36th year during its alumni reunion weekend Thursday, July 5, through Sunday, July 8.The theme will be "Saluting A Tradition of Pride and Achievement" with special recognition given...

Wayne Community College aviation campers launch rockets

Wayne Community College's Aviation campers were able to launch rockets they made during the camp that concluded Thursday.The four-day camp, attended by youth in sixth through eighth grades, explored aviation through classroom and hands-on experiences at the college's facilities...

Applications sought for emergency food, shelter

The application period is open for governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations to apply for a share of Wayne County's Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds.Local human service agencies and charities may apply through July 20 for a portion of...

Judge Heath unopposed in re-election bid

District Court Judge Beth Heath of Kinston is unopposed in her re-election bid for the 8th Judicial District seat.Filing for judicial offices to be decided in the Nov. 6 general election ended at noon Friday.There are several statewide judicial...