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Layla Graffius, 7, loved the tap dancing and doing crab walks. Ava Haymond, 5, liked the gymnastics best. And Lainey Sparks, 6, really enjoyed the tumbling because it makes her strong.

PIKEVILLE — Walk into one room in Jane Jones’ home and you’ll find nothing but dolls — dolls standing on the floor, dolls sitting on shelves, dolls in baskets and dolls in cribs. There are so many that Jones has lost count of exactly how many she has. A few are store-bought dolls, but most o…

Sparkles the dragon was nervous about meeting the other stuffed animals at the recent Teddy Bear Sleepover at the Goldsboro branch of the Wayne County Public Library. He hoped they’d like his sparkly red wings, but was also scared of how they would react the first time he spit fire.

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A log may look like nothing special, but it can be transformed into a beautiful piece of furniture. Jerry Cottrell has done it many times.

April has been a busy month for a big part of Goldsboro’s population. The Wayne County Senior Games started April 1 and continue through the end of the month. Competitions ranged from walking and running to throwing a football, softball and discus. There was also golf, bowling, tennis, bocce…

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Elizabeth Bailey was just 6 when she saw a performance of “Dance for Christ” for the first time. Even at that young of an age, she was in awe of the way that the dancers were telling the story of Jesus’ love without saying a word.

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Parents of a new baby will coddle and coo over their little bundle of joy. They will sometimes dress up their baby to show him or her off to the world. They will even play “this little piggy” with their newborn.

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There is a place in Wayne County where you can step back in time and see what life was like in the late 18th century — spinning wool to make your own clothes, several grades of children all going to school in the same classroom, living in a simple house with no modern conveniences, cooking o…

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Like the Cyndi Lauper song says, “girls just want to have fun,” and no one lives up to that motto more than members of the Red Hat Society.

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Austin Goff is a kind and gentle 18-year-old. But recently, he’s changed into someone who’s angry at the world — a beast you could say.

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A lot of women work these days, but it doesn’t mean they don’t want to make their community a better place to live. Years ago, they had the option of joining the Goldsboro Woman’s Club, but many could not attend meetings because they worked during the day when meetings were held.

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An alien, the sun, a pig pen and even Mickey Mouse were all part of the Goldsboro Library’s Bad Art Night event recently.

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Deanne Morris grew up in Germany. Her father was stationed there with the United States Navy from the time she was 10 until just before her 18th birthday.

Nonprofit groups like the Community Crisis Center and the Continental Society have been around for a long time — helping a lot of people in this community. Others have faded into history, like the Epicurean Club and Daughters of Mizpah.

Davis Thompson concentrated intently on carving out his intricate design with its many 90-degree turns. He was doing the Transformers autobot logo because he had just been to see the movie “Bumblebee” a few days earlier.

It’s the start of a new year — a time when people make plans to improve their health. One way to do that is through exercise.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul helps the local needy, with financial help from United Way of Wayne County, as well as parish collections, grants, special donations from the children at St. Mary School and private donations.

Someone comes up behind Renee Duvall, putting her in a choke hold. Without thinking, Duvall turns, puts one of her legs behind the person and takes him down to the ground.

The sounds of the Americas and the sounds of the Gullah culture will be brought to life at the Paramount Theatre. Holiday music will also fill the theater. And imaginations will run wild when Jack plants his magic beans.

A large sculpture of a sea turtle sits on what looks like part of the ocean. All around it is trash — beer bottles, deflated balloons, plastic drink cups and straws. In its mouth is a plastic grocery bag. This is all stuff that humans have thrown away that will harm — or even kill — turtles …