Lynn Pearsall Williams will be the grand marshal for the 2021 Mount Olive Christmas parade, the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce announced.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” — Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

The University of Mount Olive music department will host two Christmas by Candlelight services Saturday at the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall, 207 Wooten St.

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Ed Stevens, a lifelong Grantham farmer, and Howard Scott, former director of the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Service, are the newest members of the Wayne County Agricultural Hall of Fame.

“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.”

Jeff Eisen, University of Mount Olive vice president for athletics, has announced that he will retire on Dec. 31.

With less than two months to go in its 2021 campaign, United Way of Wayne County has raised nearly half of its goal of $850,000.

Santa Claus is coming to towns across Wayne County, and he is heralding the return of community Christmas celebrations after a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

People are still investing time and money in Wayne County and the city of Goldsboro — even during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than a hundred high school and community college students from Wayne, Duplin, Lenoir, Pender, New Hanover, Moore and Harnett counties recently participated in a collegiate choral experience.

The University of Mount Olive will hold its annual Homecoming and Pickle Classic festivities Nov. 17-21. Plans are being made for events and activities to engage alumni, current students, faculty, staff and community members of all ages.

The U.S. Poultry Foundation recently presented the University of Mount Olive with a $4,620 grant for student recruitment and retention efforts.

Between 2018 and 2020 there were 969 vehicle crashes involving animals in Wayne County that injured 33 people and did more than $2.7 million in damage.

Despite facing a litany of challenges including labor, weather and increasing costs of doing business, Wayne County’s billion-dollar agriculture industry continues to enjoy a bright future.

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last — and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” — John 15:16 (NIV)

“Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.” — Psalm 84:4 (NIV)

Bill Graham of the Wayne County Veterans and Patriots Coalition sees a lot of enthusiasm from the public for the return of the annual Veterans Day parade.

The North Carolina Department of Labor has proposed fines totaling $9,000 against Harvey Fertilizer and Gas Co. for a workplace electrical accident in April that left one worker dead and two others injured.

The University of Mount Olive will host more than 650 third graders from Wayne and Duplin counties for STEM on the Green, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics fair.

In recent weeks, Mount Olive’s police department has been inundated with complaints about drivers speeding through many of the town’s major streets, highways and thoroughfares.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” — John 14:6 (NIV)

The early voting period is now open for Wayne County residents eligible to vote in several nonpartisan municipal races and five sanitary districts planned on the November general election ballot.

The town of Mount Olive will observe trick or treating on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Pamlico Air, a national air filtration manufacturing company, announced plans Oct. 6 to invest $6.6 million and add 249 jobs within three years at its facility on Woodland Church Road.

The Wayne County Board of Education selected a vice chairman and listened to parents concerned about the school mask mandate during its Oct. 4 meeting.

After a yearlong hiatus, thousands of people let loose at the 72nd Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” — Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Finding a location to get tested for COVID-19 will be a little easier with the Wayne County Health Department now offering rapid COVID-19 testing.

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Dave and Kathy Williams have been riding a bicycle built for two since Oct. 3 from the North Carolina mountains to the beach.

A graduate of the University of Mount Olive is the governor’s choice for North Carolina’s next public safety secretary.