Many North Carolinians breathed a sigh of relief last week when the GOP-led legislature and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper came to terms on a budget for the new biennium.

Christmas will be brighter for a lot of children in Wayne County because of Kriquette’s Kidz, a group that provides clothes and toys to children in need.

Wayne County residents may notice plastic bags with tiny art pieces in them everywhere from Mount Olive to Fremont.

Goldsboro High School’s auditorium will be filled with the sounds of festival holiday music Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the annual Choral Showcase for Wayne County public school students.

Shawn Harding, N.C. Farm Bureau president, was listening to the radio while driving down from Raleigh Monday night to speak at the Wayne County Farm-City Week Banquet.

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.

The University of Mount Olive through the Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center is working with area leaders on campus and across eastern North Carolina to complete an economic development analysis survey for the Mount Olive area.

The Goldsboro Police Department reported the following arrests:

Linda Condon has cracked the code of Thanksgiving.

NEW YORK — The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, expects that holiday sales gain could shatter last year’s record-breaking season even as a snarled global supply chain slows the flow of goods and results in higher prices for a broad range of items.

A new handmade plant-based soap and body care store is now open in Goldsboro on North Berkeley Boulevard.

Wayne County public school administrators and the county board of education plan to reward educators, school teachers and staff for their extra efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking for the Speechless, a nonprofit organization, will host a community empowerment event Saturday at Wayne Community College.

House Minority Whip Raymond Smith Jr. voted last week for the new state budget — but he quickly issued a list of reasons why he believed the budget fell short.

The Goldsboro Police Department reported the following arrests:

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

While many people in Wayne County will be sitting down to turkey and all the fixings with family on Thanksgiving, there will be some in the community who would go hungry on this holiday if not for the Community Soup Kitchen of Goldsboro.

A Pikeville man was charged with stealing an Xbox Series S, a PlayStation 4, a controller for each gaming system, and a Wi-Fi router after allegedly breaking and entering a Goldsboro home on Astor Court.

A Dudley man was charged Thursday with shooting and injuring a 20-year-old man in the arm at Waffle House on North Berkley Boulevard.

The Goldsboro Police Department reported the following arrests:

A school shooting threat and a second threat of violence Friday against Charles B. Aycock High have been determined to be hoaxes in an attempt to incite fear.

A Goldsboro man was charged with indecent liberties allegedly involving a 9-year-old child following an investigation of a reported assault on Oct. 1.

Norwayne Alumni and Friends Inc., a nonprofit community organization in Fremont, is now offering CPR training to area residents in an effort to offer life-saving techniques to people living in northern Wayne County.

Megan Houston, former retail sales manager for U.S. Cellular in Wilson, has been named sales manager of the company’s retail location on North Berkeley Boulevard.

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield announced Thursday what he called a “difficult decision” to retire at the end of his term and not seek reelection to the 118th Congress in 2022.

For those in Wayne County who may not have much to eat at Thanksgiving, members of the Community Harvest Outreach program are providing all the fixings for a holiday meal.

By next fall, Wayne County motorists should have more than 33 miles of improved road surfaces on which to travel, including a 5.55-mile stretch of N.C. 581.

A Goldsboro man was charged with attempted murder Tuesday after a 37-year-old man was found shot in the head in the front yard of a South Slocumb Street home.

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

Some people living in area facilities might not have a Christmas if it weren’t for the Mental Health Association in Wayne County.

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.