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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Dunsmore talks schools takeover

Escalating buzz about low-performing schools being taken over by other entities is just one reason for the recent school regrouping plan being introduced in Wayne County Public Schools, its superintendent says. Whether the state, charter schools, or anyone else...

Career reflection

Col. Mark Slocum is sitting on the flight line, watching what he calls "the machine." F-15E fighter jets and KC-135 Stratotankers alike take off and land while wrenches crank on parked planes around him. This is what he will...

Shooting results in injury on Olivia

A man was shot in the leg around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on the 900 block of Olivia Lane. Corea Shaleto Pearsall, 38, suffered a single gunshot wound to the leg, but officers do not know what type of gun...

Two are charged for felony trafficking

A man was arrested Monday on cocaine trafficking charges after allegedly eating cocaine during a traffic stop on June 24. Rinardo Quatrell Howell, 33, of 916 N. Beston Road, LaGrange, was arrested by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and...

Public gives comments, questions about William Street improvements

The public had the opportunity Tuesday night to comment on, and ask questions about, a $21 million roadway improvement plan to turn North William Street (U.S. 117 North) into a four-lane, median-divided highway between U.S. 70 and the new...

Law enforcement discusses drunk driving during holiday

State and local law enforcement held a press conference Monday afternoon at the Public Safety Officers Memorial at Wayne Community College to discuss Operation Firecracker -- an operation that began June 24 and will run through July 5 that...

A call for peace

Craig Doubt Jr. has seen his name on a tombstone twice. Once was expected -- his father, Craig Doubt Sr., died of lung cancer at 61. But the second time was never supposed to happen. Doubt's son and namesake,...

Crime of the week

On Nov. 11, 2015, around 9 p.m. the Wayne County Sheriff's Department responded to a subject being shot at 300 Rollingwood Drive in Dudley. Upon their arrival, Deputies discovered 15-year-old Deyelle Morrisey deceased from a gunshot wound. Further investigation revealed,...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sheriff's office presents seminar on church security

Nearly 300 people from churches across Wayne County were at First Free Will Baptist on East Ash Street Monday evening for a house of worship safety and security training session presented by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Robin...

Man arrested in robbery of downtown business

A man was arrested Sunday in connection with the June 23 robbery of Goldsboro Used Furniture at 151 N. Center St. Philip Andrew Kirby, 30, of 209 Vinwood Ave., was arrested and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon...

DOT to host public meeting

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold an open-house public meeting today for proposed improvements to U.S. 117, also known as North William Street, from the U.S. 70 bypass to U.S. 70. The meeting will be from 4 to...

Council discusses benefits, merit pay raises

City of Goldsboro employees now have the option to receive partially funded dental benefits or a gym membership following a decision by the Goldsboro City Council Monday. The council discussed the option as part of follow-up discussions regarding the...

Monday, June 27, 2016

Jan Archer to lead National Pork Board

Wayne County pork producer Jan Archer has been elected president of the 15-member National Pork Board that represents America's hog farmers. Mrs. Archer and her husband, Jack, are owners of Archer Farms LLC. The sow farm markets 28,000 weaned...

Teen killed on Carver Drive

A Goldsboro teenager is dead and an 18-year-old is in custody following a murder Sunday afternoon on the 900 block of Carver Drive. Jacques Torraine Atkinson, 18, of 808 S. Best St., turned himself in at the Wayne County...

Majesty Rose releases first EP album, 'Bloom'

Majesty Rose, the Top 10 finalist in the 2014 season of "American Idol" with Goldsboro ties, has released her first album. The EP, or extended play, album, "Bloom," features five original songs and is available through social media. The...

GPAC call-in set for Tuesday

The Goldsboro Partners Against Crime initiative will notify 13 violent criminals of the consequences of committing another crime during its second call-in of 2016 at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Goldsboro City Hall. The GPAC notification is their last warning and...

City looks at hotel near the ag center

Goldsboro officials have started talking with interested developers that could bring a full-service hotel to the Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center. Randy Guthrie, Goldsboro assistant city manager, said he and other city staff have been talking with several...

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Worship safety seminar Monday

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office will hold a house of worship safety and security seminar at 7 p.m. Monday at First Free Will Baptist Church. The public is invited. The church is located at 604 E. Ash St. Sheriff...

Kids triathlon

Nearly 90 kids took part in the first Goldsboro YMCA Youth Triathlon Saturday. Board of directors member Betsy Wisniewski said, "This is a new event and we hope it will become an annual event." The event was organized by the...

Night shift with the GPD

Friday night. It's just after 7 p.m. I'm standing in the Walmart parking lot at 1002 N. Spence Ave., and a 2-year-old's dirty diaper is smearing its contents onto my arm. Officers with Goldsboro Police Department's D Shift are searching...

Man charged with 16 felonies

A Pikeville man has been charged with 16 felonies in relation to several breaking and entering cases in Farmville and Wayne County. Marcus Keont'a Lashley, 23, of 4269 U.S. 117 North, Pikeville, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts...

City Council to discuss bond issue

The Goldsboro City Council will consider Monday whether to support a $10 million bond referendum that asks voters to support funding for the construction of a multi-sports complex and street improvements. The council will review the bond proposal that includes...

State cornhole competition held

Some of the best cornhole players in the nation were among the more than 100 competitors who were in Goldsboro Friday night and most of Saturday vying for the North Carolina state single and double cornhole championship titles. The...

Red Cross installing smoke detectors in homes for free

Wanda Faison and her husband, Donnie, had been talking about the need to have smoke alarms installed in the home they moved into on Friday. So when Red Cross volunteers arrived at her door Saturday morning offering not just...

Planning panel to meet Monday

A Harris Teeter gas station and a new Dollar General store will be reviewed by the Goldsboro Planning Commission during its Monday night meeting. The seven-pump gas station is proposed to locate along Wayne Memorial Drive, off U.S. 70...

Grant money available through United Way

Wayne County has been awarded $52,821 in Federal funds under an Emergency Food and Shelter Program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In Phase 32 (2014 spending period) this program assisted local charities in providing emergency assistance in the...

FSA nominating period ends Aug. 1

Wayne County USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director Richard Toler, announced that the nomination period for local FSA county committees began on Wednesday, June 15. "County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal...

Duplin County ECA holds awards program

CLINTON -- Duplin County's Extension Community Association recently had its first awards program in years. The North Carolina ECA is a creative and motivated group with a focus on strengthening families' quality of life. This organization has been around for...

County schools honor 75 retirees

Wayne County Public Schools recently recognized 75 retirees from the district, who collectively amassed 1,725 years in the education profession. The 2015-2016 retirement ceremony was held at Lane Tree Golf Club and Conference Center. Board of Education members Arnold Flowers...

Bridge dedicated to Johnston deputy

SMITHFIELD --The North Carolina Department of Transportation, together with the Johnston County Sheriff's Office, recently dedicated the bridge on Business 70 East in Smithfield to honor Deputy Clendon Paul West Sr. A special ceremony was held on the bridge itself...

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