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Monday, April 30, 2012

Prosecution expected to rest

The state is expected to wrap up its case as early as today against three Wayne County men charged in a 2008 shooting that ultimately resulted in the death of the owner of a Goldsboro convenience store. Joshua Davis, Quentin...

Published: Apr 30, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

One-stop voting passes 3,000

More than 3,000 people have cast their ballots for the May 8 primary during the one-stop early voting that enters its final week today. Also, Monday, May 7, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for people to return absentee...

Published: Apr 30, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Just me and my bear

William, 2, sits in his mother, Kim Reid's, lap with his teddy bear during the Teddy Bear Picnic at Cornerstone Commons last week. Dozens of children with their favorite stuffed friend ate a picnic lunch while Rebecca Dennison and...

Published: Apr 30, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Three vie for chance at seat on bench

Only one of the five district court seats on Wayne County ballots will be contested in the May 8 primary. Incumbent Lonnie Carraway of Snow Hill is facing challenges from two lawyers for his seat on the 8th District...

Published: Apr 30, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Roads top commission agenda

Relief could be just ahead for drivers stuck in traffic on Wayne Memorial Drive caused by motorists trying to turn left onto Tommy's Road. Widening Wayne Memorial Drive to create a left-turn lane is among projects in the county's proposed...

Published: Apr 30, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Wayne Community College students win state honors

Wayne Community College's chapter of Phi Beta Lambda business education student organization received several awards during the organization's 58th annual State Leadership Conference in Charlotte. The local Gamma Chi chapter was recognized for having the largest chapter membership in...

Published: Apr 30, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

All buzz, no threat

Encountering a swarm of bees doesn't have to be cause for alarm. While the mere sight of them might be upsetting, the first rule of thumb, beekeepers say, is not to aggravate them. "They're not life-threatening or damaging to any...

Published: Apr 30, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Adult High School students recognized

Students in the Adult High School and General Education Development, or GED, programs at Wayne Community College were recently recognized for their academic accomplishments this year. Guillermo Martinez was presented the "Exceptional Persistence and Dedication Award" for his dedication...

Published: Apr 30, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Wayne Community College gaming instructor honored

Michael Everett, the lead instructor for Wayne Community College's Simulation and Game Development program, will speak Thursday at the East Coast Game Conference at Raleigh Convention Center. He was selected to serve on a panel titled "Developers Needed ......

Published: Apr 30, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Sunday, April 29, 2012

City recycling rules to change

Changes within the city of Goldsboro recycling program this spring will have impacts on the recycling experience of customers and city employees -- and also on a locally based rehabilitation center. Recycling crews will begin collecting trays and pods...

Published: Apr 29, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

A peck of pickles ... and fun

MOUNT OLIVE -- Saturday morning began cloudy and chilly with North Carolina Pickle Festival organizers fearing the worst -- rain. The word is unspoken at festival committee meetings, which some thought might have been the reason the day remained...

Published: Apr 29, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

911 calls played in murder trial

The first caller was relatively calm. "Can y'all come to Brookside?" she said. "Where?" a 911 operator replied. "On South Slocumb Street?" "Yeah," she said. "What's wrong?" the operator asked. "Um, the man at the store's bleeding," she continued....

Published: Apr 29, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Center Stage performing "Willy Wonka"

A man locks himself away in a candy factory filled with little orange and green people. His only goal is to make children happy with new and fantastical candy creations. All this makes for quite a bit of comedy as...

Published: Apr 29, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

City, Arts Council to restart Sundays in the Park

What was an old time tradition in Goldsboro back in the early 1960s and '70s is coming back after a several-year hiatus. Sundays in the Park will start up again May 6. The event was a staple on a lazy...

Published: Apr 29, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Southern Bank named one of top regional banks in U.S.

MOUNT OLIVE -- Southern Bank and Trust Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern BancShares (N.C.), Inc., was recently ranked seventh among the country's 25 top-performing regional banks for 2011 by SNL Financial. The bank was eligible for the...

Published: Apr 29, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Pedestrian killed on highway Wednesday

A Goldsboro man died late Wednesday night after being struck from behind by a car while he was walking on the roadway of U.S. 70 East. According to the Highway Patrol, Carroll Leamon Ezzell, 66, of 2201 Royall Ave....

Published: Apr 29, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Pickle princesses revel in day in spotlight at festival

MOUNT OLIVE -- Maia Phillips, 5, likes her crown and her sash, but she likes her pickles even more. Mini Miss Maia, the winner of the five to six-year-old age group in the 12th annual North Carolina Pickle Princess...

Published: Apr 29, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Agriculture program brings students to MOC

Alaina Airheart decided to go to school at Mount Olive College because she said it felt like home, with its smaller class sizes and friendly peers. But she was also attracted to the college because of the opportunity it...

Published: Apr 29, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Students add tang to cancer fight

Jaila Carter scooped ice into a small plastic cup, then handed it to classmate Candra Stevens to add some lemonade. Addison Moore put in the finishing touch -- a "bendy" straw. The first-grade assembly line outside the front office...

Published: Apr 29, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Kasell opens museum journalism exhibit

Award-winning National Public Radio broadcaster Carl Kasell was in Goldsboro Saturday for two reasons. Kasell gave a lecture at the Wayne County Museum to kick off an exhibit on journalism. And he was to meet with classmates later to...

Published: Apr 29, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

State says Tony Moore ineligible to run

Assistant News Editor With early voting well under way and the May 8 primary quickly approaching, the state Board of Elections decided Friday that state Senate candidate Tony Moore doesn't meet the residency qualifications after all. In March, the Pitt...

Published: Apr 29, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Friday, April 27, 2012

Testimony continues

Ismail Kandeel still doesn't understand. "What happened to us?" he said from a witness stand inside the Wayne County Courthouse Thursday afternoon. "What happened to us?" It has been nearly two years since his brother, Ribhi, succumbed to injuries sustained...

Published: Apr 27, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

City hires new chief

Interim Goldsboro Police Chief Jeff Stewart has been hired by the city to take over the job permanently, city officials announced Thursday. Stewart said that although he knew he was a finalist for the job, that the news still...

Published: Apr 27, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Realtor of the Year chosen

Gay Jeffreys Elmore, of Prudential The McMillen Real Estate Group, was named Realtor of the Year Thursday at the 46th annual Realtors Luncheon held by the Goldsboro/Wayne County Association of Realtors and sponsored by The Goldsboro News-Argus. At left...

Published: Apr 27, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Two witnesses say they are 'afraid for their lives'

Two witnesses in the first-degree murder trial that will determine whether Joshua Earl Devon Davis, Quentin Lamont Kenon and Rashard Vondarius Oliver spend the rest of their lives in prison for the death of Brookside Convenient Mart owner Ribhi Kandeel...

Published: Apr 27, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Cornerstone Award marker unveiled at downtown site

After a career in public service that has spanned decades, Ed Borden has finally been permanently honored as one of Wayne County's chief community contributors after the unveiling of his commemorative brick at Cornerstone Commons in downtown Goldsboro Thursday...

Published: Apr 27, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

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Man shot from vehicle; no charges pressed Richard Sutton of South Slocumb Street told police that while walking along the street on the 200 block of Rosewood Avenue at 9:40 p.m. On April 25, a dark-colored SUV pulled up and...

Published: Apr 27, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Stewart named Goldsboro police chief

Goldsboro's transition to a new police chief should be a seamless one as the city announced Thursday that interim Police Chief Jeff Stewart has been hired to fill the position permanently. Stewart was named the interim chief in January...

Published: Apr 26, 2012 4:38 PM Full Story

Veterans Services will have new site

The Wayne County Veterans Services office will open May 1 in its new location at the former Nash Printing building, 2001-D E. Ash St. The office will not close during the move. Staff will not make appointments between April...

Published: Apr 26, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Taste of Wayne moving to city

One of the United Way of Wayne County's largest fundraisers will be changing venues after five years, as Taste of Wayne organizers have announced the event will be held downtown this year. For the past half-decade the fundraiser has...

Published: Apr 26, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Victim's son testifies in robbery murder trial

Mahmud Kandeel kept his poise when Assistant District Attorney Mike Ricks asked a Goldsboro police officer to show the young man the bloody shirt his father, Ribhi, was wearing the night he was shot. He remained stoic as he...

Published: Apr 26, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Girls get ready for 5K for fitness, friendship

This is the last week until fall that Samantha Grant, 9, will meet seven of her friends at the softball field on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The eight girls, third- to fifth-graders, are part...

Published: Apr 26, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Judge moves trial to new courtroom

First it was a climate control issue -- a courtroom that was "either way too hot or way too cold." Then, it was the acoustics. "You'll really have to speak up," Special Superior Court Judge Jack Jenkins said to one...

Published: Apr 26, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

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Four iPads stolen A Target employee told Goldsboro police that a suspect entered the store at 1204 Sunburst Drive and requested four iPads from the electronics section of the store. While the clerk was assisting other customers, the suspect took...

Published: Apr 26, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Vintage farm equipment show May 4-5

DUDLEY -- Ralph McKeel of Goldsboro enjoys watching people's reactions as he explains the unusual pieces of equipment on display during the Antique Farm Equipment Days. The show is, he said, a way to preserve a piece of Americana that...

Published: Apr 25, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

The jury

The jury -- and two alternates -- sitting on the murder trial of Joshua Davis, Quentin Kenon and Rashard Oliver: * A young white woman who works at a facility that specializes in traumatic brain injury. * A middle-aged...

Published: Apr 25, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Singing out

Students from across Wayne County put their talents on display Tuesday evening at the annual All-County Choral Festival held at Goldsboro High School. About 275 students from 23 schools took part....

Published: Apr 25, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Murder witness grilled

Three stacks of cash and a pistol. That is what she said she heard they stole from Ribhi Mohammed Kandeel after they allegedly shot him in the back. Red bandanas, blue jeans and T-shirts. That is what she testified they...

Published: Apr 25, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Downtown bank robbed

Goldsboro police are searching for a suspect in a mid-morning bank robbery in downtown Goldsboro on Tuesday. A police report says a suspect, described as a 5-foot-6-inch, 160-pound white man, entered the Wells Fargo bank at the corner of...

Published: Apr 25, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Travel lecture scheduled at college

Todd King, chairman of the engineering and manufacturing department at Wayne Community College, will discuss his recent travels to St. Croix as a recipient of the college's 2010 Distinguished Chair award, Thursday at 2 p.m. in Room 101 of the...

Published: Apr 25, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

United Way launches volunteer website

United Way of Wayne County is relaunching Volunteer Wayne, with an easy-to-navigate site and ability for people to link to their Facebook account. United Wayne has partnered with Galaxy Digital to create a customized volunteer site where volunteers and non-profit...

Published: Apr 25, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

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Man, bystander shot during robbery Goldsboro police are investigating a shooting that took place about 10:30 p.m. Monday in the 100 block of Astor Court. Jamila Hailey reported that she and Monquail Kenon were sitting in a parked vehicle when...

Published: Apr 25, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Festival to pack people in like pickles in Mount Olive

Get ready to sport some green and show some pickilicious pride because the 26th annual North Carolina Pickle Festival is almost here. The Pickle Princess Pageant, Pickle Picture Show and Pickle Me Pink Tea Party have all come and...

Published: Apr 25, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Kevin Wise scholarship fundraiser planned for May 4

A benefit to raise money for a scholarship fund for a Southern Wayne High School student who died in February is being planned for Friday, May 4, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.. Kevin Wise was a senior who...

Published: Apr 25, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Plea deal gives account of night of alleged crime

It was nearly midnight Aug. 18, 2008, when three men wearing bandannas over their faces entered the Brookside Convenient Mart on South Slocumb Street. Within moments, store owner Ribhi Mohammed Kandeel was on the floor -- fighting for his life...

Published: Apr 24, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Two local students earn national Gates scholarships

Two Wayne County high school seniors are among 1,000 students nationwide chosen to receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship, covering costs to attend the college of their choice. Zacchia Cobb, valedictorian at Goldsboro High School, and Marques McPhail, a student at...

Published: Apr 24, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Kindergarten registration set for this Friday for all

Kindergarten registration day in Wayne County Public Schools will be held at all 15 elementary schools Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Children must turn 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 to be enrolled for the...

Published: Apr 24, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Jury selection begins in 2008 murder of clerk

Some shed tears as three men were escorted into a Wayne County courtroom Monday morning. Others smiled -- waving at them and mouthing that everything would be OK, that they were loved. But as soon as Special Superior Court Judge...

Published: Apr 24, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Veterans can get help with benefits

For some veterans, the hardest fight they ever face is against their own government, those who work on their behalf say. The labyrinth of red tape that comes with filing a disability claim can become a minefield of its...

Published: Apr 24, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

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Gunfire outside Fast Eddie's Tramarus Sasser reported he was shot by stray gunfire in the parking lot outside of Fast Eddie's Sports Bar, located at 1308 Parkway Drive, about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Sasser told authorities he was struck in the...

Published: Apr 24, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Police search for Wells Fargo robbery suspect

Goldsboro Police are searching for a suspect in a mid-morning bank robbery in downtown Goldsboro. A statement from the department said a white male took an undisclosed amount of money from the Wells Fargo located at 301 E. Ash Street....

Published: Apr 24, 2012 10:52 AM Full Story

Monday, April 23, 2012

700 cast ballots in early voting

More than 700 people cast their ballots for the May 8 primary last week during the first two days of one-stop voting -- mostly at the voting site at the Wayne County Public Library on East Ash Street. A total...

Published: Apr 23, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Students share patriotic essays for DAR contest

Home-schooled high school senior Heather Aycock enjoys competing in the Daughters of the American Revolution's American History and Christopher Columbus essay competitions -- not just for the research as much as self-satisfaction of a job well done. "I like more...

Published: Apr 23, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Pup gets 'pickled'

MOUNT OLIVE -- Ollie Q. Cumber, the Mt. Olive Pickle Co. mascot, will not be the only pickle character trekking around the North Carolina Pickle Festival this weekend. Sonny, a 3-year-old poodle, will be sporting a pickle look of...

Published: Apr 23, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

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Teen shoots his own leg A Kenly teen reported to Wayne County sheriff's deputies that he accidentally shot himself in the leg with a .22-caliber pistol Saturday. James Hargrove, 17, of 2230 Piney Grove Church Road, told deputies that was...

Published: Apr 23, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Three face murder charges

Jury selection is expected to begin today in the first-degree murder trial of three men allegedly responsible for the death of the owner of a Goldsboro convenience store. Joshua Earl Devon Davis, Quentin Lamont Kenon and Rashard Vondarius Oliver...

Published: Apr 23, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Teddy Bear Picnic planned for Wednesday in city

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation invites the community out for a lunchtime filled with tall tales and adventures Wednesday from noon until 1 p.m. This year's Teddy Bear Picnic will take place at Cornerstone Commons at the corner of Center...

Published: Apr 23, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Schedule set for local Bloodmobile

Following is the May blood drive schedule for the Wayne County chapter of the American Red Cross: * May 1 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Democko Chiropractic Goldsboro. * May 5 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at...

Published: Apr 23, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

City wants input on new plans

The city of Goldsboro, in conjunction with Wayne County and NCDOT, has employed a consultant to prepare a comprehensive plan for its Urbanized Area. As part of this plan, a study area of Wayne Memorial Drive/Herman Street running from...

Published: Apr 23, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Sunday, April 22, 2012

City seeks comments on future

Goldsboro officials are actively searching for voices and visions for the city's future as part of its new Greater Goldsboro Think Tank initiative. The group, also known as G2T2, is being created in collaboration with East Carolina University, but...

Published: Apr 22, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Volunteers shave their noggins to help fight childhood cancer

Some shaved their heads. Some shaved their mustaches. One even shaved his eyebrows. But they all made a sacrifice to help St. Baldrick's Foundation in the fight against childhood cancer. Firefighters, first responders, airmen and others from around Wayne County...

Published: Apr 22, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Lobster Fest orders due this week

Have a hankering for a Maine lobster but not willing to travel there or pay for a plane ticket to have one flown in? Fret not. Partnership for Children of Wayne County has got you covered. Hundreds of lobsters and...

Published: Apr 22, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Two candidates will compete for chance to lead Fremont

FREMONT -- After eight years in office, Fremont Mayor Devone Jones has decided against seeking re-election. But in his absence, two longtime residents, W. Darron Flowers and Leroy Ruffin, are vying for the opportunity to lead the town. Flowers, who...

Published: Apr 22, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Wayne County's Fort Macon connection

Wayne County's voice within the walls of Fort Macon is booming. From the thunder of the cannon to the calls from the members of Andrews' Battery, this guardian of the Beaufort Inlet is teeming with connections to the Goldsboro area....

Published: Apr 22, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Drivers compete in bus ROAD-e-o

A school bus driver for the central attendance area was named winner of this year's "Bus ROAD-e-o" Wayne County Public Schools. James Crawford, a veteran driver with 24 years' experience, will now advance to compete at the upcoming district...

Published: Apr 22, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Bringing funds, help for local cancer patients

Judy Coker woke up the last day of December with blurred vision. Two weeks late,r she was diagnosed with cancer and told a tumor had formed on an optic nerve. Although her vision has since declined, her spirit has...

Published: Apr 22, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Cherry Hospital volunteers recognized

Rudolph Stevens has made his way from his Wilson home to Cherry Hospital every Tuesday since 2011. He conducts vesper services, come rain or shine, no matter how many may show up, said Chaplain Wilbert Johnson. Stevens was named...

Published: Apr 22, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

All-County Choral Festival Tuesday

About 275 choral members from Wayne County Public Schools will come together in one voice to showcase their musical talents Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Goldsboro High School. The choral festival will be divided into three programs, which will...

Published: Apr 22, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Space cited as concern for city museum

Plans for the city's Air Force Museum have moved swiftly since the Goldsboro City Council entered a contract with Boston-based Verner Johnson, a museum consultant company, on April 2. During the Air Force Museum Citizen's Committee meeting April 12,...

Published: Apr 22, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Friday, April 20, 2012

Deputies looking for shooter

Members of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office are currently searching the area surrounding Durham Lake Road after a shooting left one person injured earlier this afternoon. The victim was transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital for treatment and the suspect fled...

Published: Apr 20, 2012 2:57 PM Full Story

School district honors volunteers

Lynne Fulghum can often be found sitting in a classroom reading a story to a child, or bringing in popsicle treats for students. As a volunteer, she has donated more than 750 volunteer hours at Carver Elementary School in Mount...

Published: Apr 20, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Job fair for teachers set for Saturday

Potential educators are invited to attend Wayne County Public Schools' annual teacher job fair on Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the gymnasium at Goldsboro High School. Prospective teachers can learn about programs and job opportunities at...

Published: Apr 20, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

State budget, military, education top agenda

Annexation, education reform and continued efforts to cut back the state's regulatory powers will be among the top agenda items when the General Assembly returns to Raleigh following the November election. But until then, people should not expect to hear...

Published: Apr 20, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

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Bullet strikes truck Sherman Davis reported finding a bullet hole in the rear of his 1999 Chevy pick up truck on Wednesday. The bullet entered the rear of the vehicle and cracked the front windshield. The damage caused to...

Published: Apr 20, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Police add assault rifles to arsenal

Goldsboro patrol officers will soon be armed with assault rifles and new stun devices, and Interim Police Chief Maj. Jeff Stewart said the addition of AR-15 rifles and handheld TASER X2 units will make officers safer on the street and...

Published: Apr 19, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Beyond the call

4th Fighter Wing Operations Group Commander Col. Brian Kirkwood pins the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal on Capt. Ryan Bodenheimer during Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's annual Volunteer Appreciation Ice Cream Social. Bodenheimer along with Capt. Joshua Carroll, Capt....

Published: Apr 19, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

County refinances two loans

A refinancing package approved Tuesday morning by Wayne County commissioners is expected to save the county $390,000 over the life of the new loan. The county stills owes $1.39 million of the $3.77 million it borrowed in 2002 to renovate...

Published: Apr 19, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

County Board of Health approves budget proposal

The Wayne County Board of Health on Wednesday approved an $8.6 million budget for 2012-13 and welcomed the new health director, whose first order of business was to change the board's monthly meeting date to accommodate state conferences and...

Published: Apr 19, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Commissioner, legislator clash at meeting

Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders intervened Wednesday morning when what had started as a comment about state spending on education escalated into a contentious exchange between state Republican Rep. Stephen LaRoque of Kinston and Wayne County Commission Chairman John Bell,...

Published: Apr 19, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A lesson in penguins, and an igloo to boot

So what if winter missed Wayne County this year. Penguins still found a home in Brooke Chatham's second-grade classroom at St. Mary School, complete with an igloo. Students made the black-and-white creatures out of construction paper. But credit for the...

Published: Apr 18, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

One-stop early voting to start

One-stop early voting for the May 8 primary election will begin Thursday morning and will continue through May 5 at three locations across the county. Meanwhile, people who obtained voting by absentee ballots must return them to the Wayne...

Published: Apr 18, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Commissioners reject support for amendment

Wayne County commissioners' defeat Tuesday of a resolution to endorse the Defense of Marriage constitutional amendment ended with hardly a ripple after what had started two weeks ago as a spirited debate. Commissioners did not call for any public comment...

Published: Apr 18, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Kasey will seek first seat on council

A newcomer to politics, but longtime Goldsboro resident, Fran Kasey is running for the District 6 seat of the Goldsboro City Council. Mrs. Kasey, a civil service retiree, will seek to replace incumbent Jackie Warrick who will not seek...

Published: Apr 18, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Greene music man and GHS grad to be honored

The Greene County Music Alumni will hold a fundraising tribute Saturday to former Green Central High School music director Kenneth Ginn. This event, "Kenneth Ginn, The Music Man ... a Legend of Greene County Music," will be an evening...

Published: Apr 18, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Kits making science fun for Rosewood third-graders

Logan Merritt sifted through items in a large red plastic container on the table before him. It held three things -- an empty gallon milk jug, an elongated gray foam tube and some marbles. "We're going to be putting...

Published: Apr 18, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

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Attempted home invasion Darlene Strickland reported an unknown man attempted to force his way into her home in the 100 block of Southwinds Drive in Dudley about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Her 16-year-old son, Dylan Strickland, told Wayne County Sheriff's deputies...

Published: Apr 18, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

City Council discusses Christmas decorations

Monday's meeting of the Goldsboro City Council featured a heavy dose of presentations during the Council's 5 p.m. work session as city department heads addressed the board on topics ranging from downtown holiday decorations and street resurfacing to partial...

Published: Apr 18, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

County to seek grant funds to help Dudley area community

A Dudley area neighborhood would benefit from a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant that Wayne County commissioners have agreed to apply for. Commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously approved the grant application for the Love Drive area at Dudley following a...

Published: Apr 18, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Strike Eagles take to the sky to honor heritage

Allied forces had earned air superiority. The Luftwaffe was grounded. But the 8th Air Force wasn't finished. It was time to deal a decisive blow to the Germans. So on April 16, 1945, more than 2,000 aircraft took to the...

Published: Apr 17, 2012 2:20 PM Full Story

It's official: 44 jobs on the way

Wayne County commissioners cleared the way this morning for a Pikeville company to expand its operation, add 44 jobs and make at least a $4.211 million investment over the next three years. Commissioners, following a brief public hearing, approved...

Published: Apr 17, 2012 2:20 PM Full Story

Club looks for computers to refurbish for children

The Goldsboro Optimist Club has launched a new program that will help people dispose of old, unused computer equipment while at the same time helping the area's needy children. "Everything we do deals with young people," said club president Bill...

Published: Apr 17, 2012 2:20 PM Full Story

City Council rejects zoning request

Despite concessions by the developer, the Goldsboro City Council denied a request Monday night to rezone the southeast corner of North Berkeley Boulevard and Ridgecrest Drive. The issue became a divisive one during a public hearing March 19 as...

Published: Apr 17, 2012 2:20 PM Full Story

Monday, April 16, 2012

Circus arrives in town

The Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars will put on two shows today, starting at 4:30 this afternoon and again at 7:30. The shows will be repeated on Tuesday. The circus bills itself as the world's largest under a...

Published: Apr 16, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

County to weigh marriage bill vote

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning could be facing a large crowd when they discuss the Defense of Marriage state constitutional amendment. That discussion will follow three public hearing at 9:15 a.m. including one on whether or not the county...

Published: Apr 16, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

70 jets mark World War II achievement

Nearly 70 years after members of the 4th Fighter Group destroyed more than 100 German aircraft in a day, the aviators charged with carrying on their legacy set out on a mission to commemorate what transpired April 16, 1945....

Published: Apr 16, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Salvation Army plans purse fundraiser

Ladies, get your walking shoes on and your charge cards ready for the Salvation Army's jewelry, purse, shoe and bake sale Saturday. The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Salvation Army building at 610 N....

Published: Apr 16, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Man dies after being shot in city

A Pikeville man died after being shot on Wayne Avenue early Sunday morning. Brandon Marquett Phillips, 37, of 107 Stone Cutter Drive, died from his injuries after emergency surgery was performed at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Police responded at about...

Published: Apr 16, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

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B&Es and larcenies *Clayton Lee Gay reported the theft of two TVs, valued at $1,150, from his home in the 500 block of New Hope Road. A witness, Charles Albert Browning, reported he saw a dark car drive away...

Published: Apr 16, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

First responder nominated for national award

FAISON -- Glenn Jernigan, retired Duplin County sheriff who spent 36 years with Faison Fire and Rescue, is one of six finalists in a national competition honoring the work of first responders. The public will choose the $10,000 grand-prize...

Published: Apr 16, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

4th's jets take to the sky

Airmen with Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's 4th Fighter Wing are paying homage to their World War II predecessors today with the launch of 70 F-15E Strike Eagles that will destroy more than 1,000 targets across North Carolina. On...

Published: Apr 16, 2012 12:38 PM Full Story

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Keller is Boss Hog as pigs take over the park

A traditionally festive event began on something of a somber note Friday when cooks learned that two of the teams would be taking on the added challenge of cooking an extra hog at the third annual Pig in the...

Published: Apr 15, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Teen killed in Friday car crash

A 16-year-old teen was killed in a single-vehicle crash Friday night after hitting a tree head-on near Dudley. Marco Antonio Nino, of Kinston, was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital at about 11:18 p.m., where he was later pronounced dead....

Published: Apr 15, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Dancing Stars announces final People's Choice winner

Another winner has been announced for Dancing Stars of Wayne County, as donations continue to trickle in for the March 24 education fundraiser. Dancers and instructors, as well as the cast and crew for the second annual gala event...

Published: Apr 15, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

N.C. Pickle Festival set for April 28

The North Carolina Pickle Festival, easily Wayne County's most popular annual event, drawing in more than 35,000 people every year to a town with a population just short of 4,600, is making its 26th annual debut later this month....

Published: Apr 15, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Fire training in Fremont

More than 50 firefighters from Fremont, Pikeville, Nahunta, Belfast, Eureka, Little River, El-Roy, Goldsboro and Antioch fire departments spent most of the day Saturday at a live burn training exercise in Fremont. The training was designed to give the...

Published: Apr 15, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Up on the roof for a cause

On top of the Krispy Kreme roof, Goldsboro Police Department Investigator Dwayne Bevell holds the microphone so his son Jaden, 7, can welcome people to the Cop-on-Top event. Cop-on-Top  is a weekend fundraiser in which Bevell stays on top...

Published: Apr 15, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

MOC students, alumni enjoy Springfest event together

Margie Caldwell leaned on her daughter, Shaylyn, while she kicked off her shoes to try the dry surf sensation challenge on Saturday afternoon at Mount Olive College. Shaylyn, a freshman majoring in criminal justice, was only able to stay...

Published: Apr 15, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

LaGrange man jailed on federal drug charges

Erick James Speight, 31, of LaGrange Tuesday was sentenced in federal court in Greenville to more than nine years in prison on his plea of guilty to conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or...

Published: Apr 15, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Extension: County wheat crop should largely be OK after frost

Perhaps the most repeated question Cooperative Extension Service Director Kevin Johnson fielded Thursday morning during the 64th annual Junior Livestock Show and Sale dealt with wheat and not the pigs being shown. Farmer after farmer asked Johnson if he...

Published: Apr 15, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Council to discuss street work Monday

Six presentations are slated for the Goldsboro City Council's work session Monday at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Annex, including a follow-up from Planning Director Randy Guthrie on street resurfacing. Council members asked at the March 19 meeting...

Published: Apr 15, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Mount Olive College gives out five alumni awards

During its annual Alumni Awards event Saturday night, Mount Olive College recognized five people. * Brenda Edwards, former administrative assistant for the Office of Alumni Relations, was recognized as an "Honorary Alumnus" of the College. Edwards began working at...

Published: Apr 15, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Friday, April 13, 2012

Man shot during robbery

DUDLEY -- A Dudley man was shot in the chest during a home invasion Wednesday night. Quentin Dobson, 36, was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where he is listed in fair condition. A robber wearing a mask...

Published: Apr 13, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Learning more than rhythm

Daymar Gassaway, 11, and Jakwonti Mack, 10, fifth-graders at Dillard Middle School, drumsticks in hand, can't wait for the day they will be in the drumline at the Boys & Girls Club on Royall Avenue. "I like the drum and...

Published: Apr 13, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Hog show has big turnout

DUDLEY -- Quinton Rouse, 6, of Seven Springs had big plans Thursday morning after competing in the 64th annual Wayne County Junior Livestock Show and Sale. "I am going to buy me a new John Deere tractor," he said. But...

Published: Apr 13, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Former arts building might house city offices

Following Goldsboro's master planning process for its prospective Air Force museum the city might look to house existing departments in the proposed facility during the interim. Members of Parks and Recreation's administration toured the building at 2406 E. Ash...

Published: Apr 13, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Distemper closes animal shelter temporarily

An outbreak of canine distemper, a fatal and highly contagious viral disease, is forcing the closure of the Wayne County Animal Adoption and Education Center for the next several weeks. The center's staff has traced the outbreak to eight puppies...

Published: Apr 13, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Deputy assaulted, hurt making arrest

A Wayne County Sheriff's Deputy was treated at Wayne Memorial Hospital Thursday night after he was assaulted while attempting to make an arrest of a Seven Springs man. Deputy Dan Truhan was treated and released from the hospital last...

Published: Apr 13, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Public record

Alleged attempted theft at WalMart Nicky Dexter, 26, of 109 Cambridge Place in Smithfield, was arrested by Goldsboro police after allegedly attempting to steal 39 DVDs from the Spence Avenue WalMart on Wednesday. A loss prevention officer reported witnessing Ms....

Published: Apr 13, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Benefit dinner to be held for Durwood Evans

A fundraising chicken pastry dinner to help Durwood Evans Jr. and his family with medical bills will be held Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Oakland Community Church, 921 Oakland Church Road, Princeton. Tickets are $7 for...

Published: Apr 13, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Volunteers honored with state awards

Six Wayne County residents Wednesday morning were presented North Carolina Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Services in recognition of their work in the community. Honored were: Nettie Twiggs and Sheila Gardner of Goldsboro and Dorothy Gail Sutton of Dudley, senior citizens...

Published: Apr 12, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

State safety awards given

N.C. Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry was in Wayne County Wednesday, recognizing local public and private sector industries for workplace safety. Thanking the business leaders attending the luncheon at Lane Tree Golf Club for their efforts, she noted that during...

Published: Apr 12, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Police chief search narrowed to four

Goldsboro officials have narrowed the search for a new police chief to four candidates. The short-list of candidates includes Maj. Jeff Stewart, who has served as the department's interim chief since the retirement of Tim Bell more than year...

Published: Apr 12, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Livestock show continues today

DUDLEY -- Maddy Sutton, 6, and her 5-year-old cousin, Ricky Lupper, both of Mount Olive, hardly glanced up from their determined efforts to open stubborn candy wrappers Wednesday night as a goat shot past them headed for the door...

Published: Apr 12, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Public record

Woman assaulted in parking lot Goldsboro police are investigating an attempted armed robbery and assault that occurred about 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Hardee's parking lot at 220 E. Ash St. The report was filed by Allison Boone, who told...

Published: Apr 12, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Hospital recognizes its 2011 volunteers

Volunteers are exceptional people with extraordinary hearts. The national theme for volunteerism seemed appropriate for those serving throughout the year at Wayne Memorial Hospital, said Donna Archer, director of volunteer services there. The department applauded the contributions made by volunteers...

Published: Apr 12, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Murphy's Place robbed

Goldsboro police are investigating the report of an armed robbery of a downtown bar and restaurant that took place in the early hours of Sunday morning. An unidentified man wearing a blue bandanna and hoodie was in Murphy's Place,...

Published: Apr 12, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Livestock show tonight, Thursday

Doodle Edwards guides a hog to its pen during the weigh-in for the 64th annual Wayne County Junior Livestock Show and Sale at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Close to 100 animals will be on display today and Thursday. Shows...

Published: Apr 11, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

NAACP candidate forum held

Thirteen people seeking public office spoke at a candidate forum Tuesday sponsored by the local branch of the NAACP. The event was held at Rebuilding Broken Places. The tone at the forum was relatively subdued as candidates all agreed...

Published: Apr 11, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Municipal officials talk about concerns

Between mouthfuls of barbecue and banana pudding Monday evening, the state of the county's municipalities was shared as elected officials and staff of the county and its municipalities came together at Wilber's Barbecue for a county-sponsored intergovernmental meeting. County...

Published: Apr 11, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Partnership has no problem filling extra pre-K slots

The additional N.C. pre-K slots opened up by the state last month have been a welcome reprieve for Partnership for Children of Wayne County, but officials aren't counting on that continuing next year. In early March, the state notified...

Published: Apr 11, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

EWHS grad to compete in national cheering contest

Chance Carter is unmistakably passionate about cheerleading. "Some people listen to songs in the car, I listen to cheerleading songs," he said. "I cheer in the morning when I'm getting ready. I pretty much eat, sleep and breathe cheerleading, and...

Published: Apr 11, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Auditions for children's choir to be Friday

Children ages 6 to 17 interested in participating in a community choir are invited to audition Friday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Harris Street. The choir, first organized in 2010, is sponsored...

Published: Apr 11, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rep. Butterfield touts job programs

One message was clear to U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield during his town hall meeting at the Wayne County JobLink Career Center on Monday morning: The federally funded programs that help the unemployed to better themselves are needed and appreciated...

Published: Apr 10, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Easter egg epic

Zariah Carroll, 3, enjoys the Epicurean Civic Club's annual Easter egg hunt Monday at Mina Weil Park. The club has held its annual hunt on Easter Monday for more than 30 years....

Published: Apr 10, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Kayaking for Relay for Life

A group of kayaking enthusiasts, paddling 225 miles in nine days on the Neuse River and other waterways to raise money for the fight against cancer, made a stop in Goldsboro on Tuesday. Led by cancer survivor Kim Tart...

Published: Apr 10, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

County, municipal leaders confer

The scene at Wilber's Barbecue Monday evening, with a little imagination, was reminiscent of a long overdue family reunion. Half a dozen tables were lined end to end all covered in barbecue and sides as public officials from across...

Published: Apr 10, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

4th Wing planning day of sorties

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's 4th Fighter Wing will pay homage to World War II history at 11 a.m. Monday, launching 70 F-15E Strike Eagles in a training mission to destroy more than 1,000 targets on bombing ranges across the...

Published: Apr 10, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Public record

Deputies investigate Dudley break-ins *Gary Jackson reported the theft of more than $7,000 of property from his shop, located in the 500 block of Old Mount Olive Highway in Dudley, that occurred between March 1 and March 2 to the...

Published: Apr 10, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Power UP for teens Friday and Saturday

Have you or someone you know been affected by cyberbullying, bullying or teen suicide? This Friday at 6:30 p.m., a group of concerned citizens and local professionals will gather to talk about how they can help stop these problems that...

Published: Apr 10, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Monday, April 9, 2012

Driver, 37, dies in one-car accident

A 37-year-old Mount Olive man died when the car he was driving skidded off the road and into a tree in northern Duplin County early Sunday morning. Robert Clay Walker was driving along Beautancus Road about seven miles southeast...

Published: Apr 9, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Making a new choice for a successful future

Kendra Watkins can see her future clearly today when she sits in class at Wayne Community College, but she remembers a time when she had no plan and was just living her life one day at a time. She...

Published: Apr 9, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Pre-K programs help children get ready for first day of school

The first 2,000 days of a child's life are vital, educators say. That's the estimated number of days between the birth of a child and when he shows up for the first day of kindergarten. "We must do everything we...

Published: Apr 9, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Public record

Goldsboro police investigated these reports: *Lillie Lofton, 57, of South John Street, told police $2,300 worth of jewelry was taken from her residence. *Jamaine Mills, 38, of Olivia Lane, said he went to pick up some of his belongings from...

Published: Apr 9, 2012 1:46 PM Full Story

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Walstonburg to hold its 4th 'Proud to be an American Day'

WALSTONBURG -- Walstonburg will hold its 4th annual Proud to be an American Day on Saturday, April 21 to honor veterans, especially those who gave their lives for freedom. Guest speakers will be from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and...

Published: Apr 8, 2012 1:50 AM Full Story

Sunrise of faith: Annual service at Wayne Memorial Park

ELKMONT, Ala. – Despite the hopes and intentions of its owners, an Alabama goat farm at the core of a nationwide contest sits in limbo.

It was a story that captured the headlines and imaginations of readers across the country earlier this year: For the price of a good essay and a $150 entry fee, you could be the owner of a successful goat dairy farm and several acres of land debt-free — an offer worth well over $350,000.

Participants who entered the Humble Heart Farms Goat Dairy & Creamery essay contest will be disappointed to learn there won’t be a winner. The northern Alabama farm’s owner, Paul Spell, said Friday not enough entries were received to officially declare a winner on Oct. 15.

The story even gained enough traction to be featured in Hearst Publications' Country Living magazine and on the U.K.-based Daily Mail, taking word of the Spells’ contest worldwide and leading people on social media sites to talk about the “what ifs” and share similar stories where property owners were handing off land or buildings for practically free.

There were specific requirements for the entries, but also rules for the contest organizers — the main one being the judges needed to receive at least 2,500 essays before declaring a winner. That didn’t happen.

“I’d thought for sure this would work,” Spell said Friday. “We didn’t get even close.”

Those that entered the contest by the Oct. 1 deadline will soon get a refund check, according to contest organizers. Spell didn’t say how many entries were actually received, but said there weren’t enough to even consider extending the deadline an additional month.

The entire reason for the contest was to get the farm off Spell’s hands and raise money for he and his wife, Leslie, to move to Costa Rica to help missionary friends with their goat dairy. They had tried selling the farm, but it wasn’t helping Spell find the right owner.

“We had (the farm) up for sale, but the ones who really want it don’t have the money, and the ones who have money ask about the return on investment,” he told The Athens (Alabama) News Courier last month. “They’re missing the whole point of what we’re doing. We’re profitable, but you’re not going to live like a king. It’s still a lot of fun.”

Spell said he isn’t exactly sure what his next move is, but it will still end up with the family going to Costa Rica. The farm, including the family's home, will either be placed back on the market at its full value or will come under the operation of a nonprofit organization.

“We’ll see what happens,” he said.

The Athens (Alabama) News Courier contributed details to this story.

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