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.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33 (NIV)

More than 250 incoming freshmen and their parents visited the University of Mount Olive for Admitted Student Day on June 23.

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ ” — Matthew 25:21 (NIV)

Mount Olive elections originally scheduled for Nov. 2 have been postponed to March 8, 2022, because of delayed census data required for redistricting.

A proposed levee along the Neuse River at Seven Springs and a pilot project to address chronic flooding in the Stoney Creek watershed are two of the items in flood-mitigation legislation making its way through the General Assembly.

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” — Galatians 5:16 (NIV)

The Mount Olive Board of Commissioners approved the town’s budget June 21 for fiscal year 2021-22.

Annual fireworks typically planned in Mount Olive and in Goldsboro will not take place this year, but there are other celebrations planned to mark Independence Day in Wayne County.

Ten University of Mount Olive students in Ana Dickson’s business practicum course recently developed their own corporation, complete with a product design, executive leadership team and sales force.

The town of Mount Olive will begin household garbage and recyclables pickup on Thursday in addition to yard waste pickup.

A Mount Olive woman was charged with insurance fraud after allegedly faking medical documents to obtain payment for services.

House Majority Leader John Bell wants to know how much longer the governor intends to keep North Carolina under a COVID-19 state of emergency.

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” — 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (KJ)

Recent rainfall of 2 inches within a 30-minute period resulted in more than 8,250 gallons of sewage spilling from the Mount Olive treatment plant into the headwaters of the Northeast Cape Fear River.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” — 1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)

Cody Boyette and his family saw an outpouring of support and love from the community while he was undergoing treatment for cancer.

The town of Mount Olive will hold a special board meeting and public hearing on the proposed 2021-22 budget 7 p.m. Monday, June 21, in the Mount Olive courtroom, 114 E. James St.

SEVEN SPRINGS — Denisse Romero-Avila stood before Spring Creek High School’s 154 graduating seniors and said commencement felt like a “great accomplishment” during the June 5 ceremony in the Gators football stadium.

DUDLEY — Carson Daly stood before Southern Wayne High School’s 168 graduating seniors in the Saints gymnasium June 8 and said “while our class has gone through hardships, the hardships do not define us.”

The University of Mount Olive will hold a reunion for its agricultural alumni and their families Saturday, June 26, at 3 p.m. at the Kornegay Student Farm.

“Let the nomads of the desert bow before him, and his enemies lick the dust.” — Psalms 72:9 (NASB)

Wayne County commissioners June 1 approved a county budget for 2021-22 that includes a 6.6% increase in the property tax.

Ten University of Mount Olive students in Ana Dickson’s business practicum course recently developed their own corporation, complete with a product design, executive leadership team and sales force.

After graduating from high school, Viviana Ponce decided to attend Wayne Community College, then transfer to a four-year institution. She was accepted to North Carolina State University, but didn’t have the funds to go there.

United Way of Wayne County staff is asking area residents to roll up their sleeves and pitch in to help make the community a better place to live during the annual Days of Action.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” — Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

When high winds and blinding rain are pummeling your home, that’s not the time to put together a disaster kit or make your plan of escape if you have to leave your home.

GRANTHAM — An elderly man died trying to escape from his burning home May 12.

Grantham School Road where it crosses Thoroughfare Swamp is closed for a bridge replacement project, the N.C. Department of Transportation said.

As Memorial Day approaches, one local group of veterans is buying American flags that will adorn the graves of brave men and women who have served their country.

Wayne County’s property tax rate remains unchanged in the county manager’s proposed budget for 2021-22 unless the county commissioners decide to take on debt for four new capital projects.