A little bit of nostalgia and an interest in keeping a successful downtown business alive led Chris Yones to enter into a purchase agreement to buy The Flying Shamrock Irish Pub and Restaurant.

The Flying Shamrock, originally planned to close Jan. 31, will remain open with the new owner taking over the reigns in February.

Yones, a Goldsboro resident who retired from the Air Force in 2013, reached a purchase agreement with co-owner Wayne Turner, Wednesday.

"The Shamrock has been a staple in the community for a while," Yones said. "I knew that I was inheriting a good business. They're a part of the downtown family of the downtown community."

---- For the full story on the purchase of the Flying Shamrock, see Sunday's issue of the Goldsboro News-Argus, or check back Sunday morning at www.newsargus.com.