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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Shooting victim dies in hospital

The victim of a shooting on Sunday in front of Donel's Convenience Store at 518 E. Elm St. died Tuesday morning after being taken off life support at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Versean Jenkins, 21, of 425 Hollowell...

SBI talks about how to keep children safe online

Special agents from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's Office of Special Investigations held a joint task force meeting Tuesday on base to discuss Internet crimes being committed against children and what...

City looks at raising fees

Motorists and business owners could be looking at new fees in the coming year in the city of Goldsboro's proposed 2016-17 budget. A new motor vehicle registration tax is being considered to help pay for new street construction or...

Budget includes lower tax rate

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning took the wraps off a $148,292,780 general fund budget proposal that would reduce the tax rate from 66.50 to 66.35 cents per $100 of property value. The proposal, that does not include any fee...

Airman stationed at SJAFB confesses to murder

An airman stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base has confessed to murdering his estranged wife in front of their 2-year-old child. Steven Williams, 30, is charged with second-degree murder and child neglect for allegedly murdering Tricia Williams Todd, 30....

Board of trustees tours new education center

The Wayne Community College board of trustees moved its meeting venue to the Advanced Manufacturing Center or Wayne WORKS Tuesday night, taking a tour of the site where several programs will move and getting an update on the presidential...

Sheriff's deputy sustains injuries in suspect pursuit

A Wayne County sheriff's deputy sustained minor injuries following a vehicle and foot chase on Saturday. Deputy Chris Gustafson attempted to stop a vehicle being driven by Clarence Parks Jr. when Parks allegedly sped away from Gustafson. As Gustafson...

Crime of the week

On Sunda around 12:15 a.m., Versean Jenkins was shot multiple times while at Donel's Convenience Store, 518 E. Elm St. Jenkins was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Jenkins has since died...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Military Resource Center at WCC offers common ground for student veterans

When Melissa Eller and Steven Miller met in the work study program at Wayne Community College, they quickly found they shared common ground. Both have military ties. Miss Eller is a military dependent, and Miller is a veteran, spending six...

Sheriff's Office raids meth lab

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office raided a methamphetamine lab on Sunday, which resulted in a Stantonsburg man being charged with multiple felonies. Jarvis Christopher Chase, 44, of 888 Old Mill Road, Stantonsburg, was arrested and charged with possession of...

One-stop voting begins this week

One-stop voting begins Thursday for the June 7 special primary election and continues through Saturday, June 4. The only one-stop early voting location will be at the Wayne County Board of Elections office, 209 S. William St., from Thursday,...

A patriotic performance

The Wayne County Community Concert Band presented a patriotic concert, "A Salute to the Veterans," Monday evening at the Paramount Theatre....

Lidl looks at city for newest location

German discount grocer Lidl has set its sights on the Goldsboro market and is seeking city approval to build a new store along Wayne Memorial Drive, directly across from Harris Teeter. The Goldsboro Planning Commission Monday reviewed a requested...

Fire and smoke damage home Monday on Claiborne Street

A fire at 707 A N. Claiborne St. Monday morning destroyed a woman's kitchen and caused severe smoke damage to the rest of her home. Goldsboro Fire Department Assistant Chief James Farfour said the fire began on the stove...

Traffic stop results in drug arrest

PIKEVILLE -- A recent traffic stop at 101 N. Goldsboro St. led to a drug arrest and the seizure of a handgun and nine bags of heroin. Pikeville police Det. S.R. Jarman stopped a car being operated by Derrik...

Car runs off road and flips several times on Old Smithfield Road

A Goldsboro woman is being charged with driving while influenced after running her car off the road on Monday evening and causing it to flip over several times, covering more than 400 feet. Amber Noelle Dussault, of 106 Cedar...

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wayne County Public Schools honors teachers for work

Wayne County Public Schools has named individual 2016-2017 Teachers of the Year for its 33 schools. The announcement came early this year. Traditionally, the district releases the list over the summer, narrowing the field down to finalists for the...

Board talks improvements for Southern Wayne High School

A facilities plan adopted by the Wayne County Board of Education includes a "future consideration" for a $6.1 million project to add an auxiliary gym and 16 classrooms to replace mobile units at Southern Wayne High School. There is...

Demolition to update

The Pizza Hut restaurant, at 2518 E. Ash St. near Berkeley Boulevard, was demolished last week in preparation for the construction of a new, modern-style Pizza Hut expected to open in the fall. Bill Royall, vice president of design-build...

Man shot on Elm Street

A Goldsboro man is in Vidant Medical Center in Greenville after being shot multiple times in front of Donel's Convenience Store Sunday morning at 12:15 a.m. Versean Jenkins, 21, of 425 Hollowell St., was standing in front of the...

Red Cross: Get ready now for hurricane season

Last week was National Hurricane Preparedness Week and the American Red Cross if offering steps people should take now to get ready for hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. Hurricanes cause problems for people in...

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Southern Wayne senior honored

Southern Wayne High senior Carter Jones was recently named a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar. He is one of only 160 outstanding American high school seniors selected nationwide for this honor, and the only one in North Carolina to receive...

Keeping up the fight: Despite weather, Relay for Life is deemed a success by organizers

Despite intermittent rain showers throughout Friday night, organizers of Relay for Life of Wayne County called this year's event a success. "We said rain or shine we were going to Relay -- cancer doesn't stop because it rains and we...

Keeping up the fight

Amanda McMurray was diagnosed with leukemia at age 6 1/2. She is now 34 and in her 11th year teaching marketing and business at Southern Wayne High School. As a child, she said, she was reticent to talk about her...

Calendar at GHS to change in August

Goldsboro High School will operate on a new calendar when it opens for the 2016-17 school year, with classes beginning Monday, Aug. 8, and ending on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Bell times to start and end the school day...

Grateful goodbye

Kenneth Matthews has a lot of good memories of his five years at Faith Christian Academy. But the one that he will cherish the most is as a new student at orientation. "My classmates accepted me when I first came...

Cliffs of the Neuse swim lake season to open Saturday

Summer is almost here and thoughts are turning to cooling off in the water. Close by is the swim lake at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park in Seven Springs. It will open May 28 and remain open through...

U.S. 70 bypass to open Friday

The new U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass will open to traffic Friday following an 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony for the highway's final section -- some 20 years ahead of when the road had been expected to be completed. The ceremony...

Student charged for having weapon

A Charles B. Aycock High School student was charged Thursday with having a firearm on campus. Goliath Wendell, 18, was charged with possession of a firearm on school property, and with assault, said Wayne County Sheriff Larry Pierce. Pierce...

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