Wayne County will celebrate military members and first responders with the first-ever N.C. Freedom Fest.

Applications are being accepted for the Ag Producer of the Year and the Ag Advocate of the Year awards to be presented Oct. 18 during the annual Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Luncheon at the Maxwell Center.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” — Revelation 21:4 (NLT)

Mount Olive town staff will operate out of several temporary locations after a Sept. 6 fire that resulted in nearly $100,000 in damages to Town Hall.

Wayne County’s corn, tobacco, soybean, sweet potato, wheat, cotton and peanut harvests are anticipated to pump more than $87 million into the county’s economy this year.

“The heavens tell of the glory of God; And their expanse declares the work of His hands.”

Cameron Givens, 2, sported a big smile, but wasn’t talking much after the morning’s summer graduation ceremony Aug. 28 at the University of Mount Olive.

“While He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man covered with leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” — Luke 5:12 (NIV)

First-year students at the University of Mount Olive provided a combined 462 hours of community service Aug. 23 throughout the town of Mount Olive.

Wayne County property owners should be braced for higher tax bills, and those with property inside the corporate limits of Goldsboro and Fremont can expect an even higher tax bill.

DUDLEY — About 45 minutes before students were allowed to enter the building at Brogden Middle School on the first day of the school year, cars were already lined up in the parking lot.

Nominations are being accepted for the Wayne County Historical Association’s Wall of Fame, which honors residents who have made lasting contributions to the area.

”He says, ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.’ “

Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson remembers the day he had to say goodbye to his military working dog partner and best friend, Chickel, in Korea — possibly forever.

To reduce the number of students having to quarantine at home because of COVID-19, the Wayne County Board of Education voted 6-1 at a special called meeting Aug. 17 to make masking a requirement for prekindergarten through 12th grade.

A Wayne County legislator and 54 other state Republican House members signed a letter opposing vaccine mandates for health care workers at hospitals in the state.

The town of Mount Olive reported a sanitary sewer overflow Aug. 8 totaling approximately 272,798 gallons inside the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

“He says, “ ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ ” — Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

“Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ ”

Wearing a face mask is now optional for students, staff and visitors at Wayne County Public Schools until further notice.

The filing period for candidates seeking elected office in nonpartisan races in November closed with political hopefuls seeking seats in Seven Springs, Pikeville, Walnut Creek and in five of the Wayne County sanitary districts.

With baby boomers aging out of the nursing workforce, the University of Mount Olive is stepping up to help make sure there are enough nurses in Wayne County and surrounding communities in the future.

House Majority Leader John Bell objected last week to a requirement that all workers at state health care facilities be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the end of September or face possible termination.

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, to bring praise to God.”

The University of Mount Olive has added a bachelor of arts in English degree to its online degree programs.

Wayne County’s public schools will not open normally this year like they did in the fall of 2019, says Marcia Manning, the school system’s assistant superintendent of student support services.

Members of the Wayne County Extension Master Gardeners will have several gardenside chats beginning in August.

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Melissa Throm wants to help the people of Wayne County protect the things and people they care about. She’s doing it by opening her own insurance business — Melissa Throm, State Farm Insurance Agency.

The N.C. Wildlife Federation named House Majority Leader John Bell its Legislator of the Year and Rick Sasser of Goldsboro as its Marine Resource Conservationist of the Year as part of its 57th annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards.

What could be better on a crisp fall day but pickles, barbecue, craft beer and bluegrass music?

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” — Acts 2:42 (NIV)

With giant white ceremonial checks in hand, the state fire marshal made a special trip to Wayne County to recognize 13 volunteer fire departments that received North Carolina Volunteer Fire Department grants from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

A summer temperatures continue to rise, taking frequent breaks and staying hydrated can help with beating the heat.

After two years of construction and the brief closure of Mount Olive’s only Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes and Fries, a new retro-themed diner is now open.