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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wood: Sales tax proposal will help Wayne

Wayne County could benefit by as much as $2 million in additional revenue should a sales tax bill now being debated in the General Assembly become law in its current form. However, it is too early to get too...

More Fallin Blvd. break-ins

jjoyce@newsargus.com Another two cars have been broken into in the 100 block of Fallin Boulevard, the Legacy at Berkeley Place apartments, according to reports taken Tuesday by the Goldsboro Police Department. A total of seven motor vehicle break-ins have been...

Phoning it in, again

The pastor on the school board whose spotty attendance record over the past 14 months has come under fire recently, took the bully pulpit after a called work session Tuesday, blasting his "distractors" and sending a message of his...

Bayer opens $6M facility

PIKEVILLE -- Bayer CropScience opened a state-of-the-art research facility Tuesday, which is expected to solidify Wayne County's role in all aspects of the agriculture industry. The Breeding and Trait Development Station cost $6.3 million to construct and is designed for...

Coffee shop opens doors downtown

Parker Croom's dog, Socko, has always been a bad dog. So when Croom was searching for a name for his new coffee shop opening this week at 115 E. Walnut St., the name was a no-brainer -- Bad Dog...

Giving out the basics

The goal was to promote awareness and community cohesiveness. Four graduate students from East Carolina University came to Goldsboro Saturday to pair with the HDGC Community Crisis Center, 607 S. Slocumb St., and The Bridge Church for some community...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Family opens a classroom on its farm

When J.R. Odom was deciding on a career, he had to look no farther than his own back yard. "I grew up on this farm," he said of the tract of land in Rosewood known as Odom Farms. "This...

Suspect on bond faces new charges

A Goldsboro man already out on bond awaiting charges for manufacturing the illegal street drug methamphetamine is back in the Wayne County Jail on charges of possession. Bradley Russell Stade, 43, 1904 Margerette Drive, is charged with possession of...

Rash of vehicle thefts reported

More than 10 motor vehicle break-ins have been reported to the Goldsboro Police Department since Thursday. Four break-ins were reported Monday, all of which took place in the 100 block of Fallin Boulevard. On Sunday, two break-ins were reported...

Meeting sets stage to fight coal ash issue

Goldsboro resident Michael Carroway wants his neighbors to know what they are drinking. Coal ash from a local energy plant is finding its way into the area drinking water supply and it is making people sick, he said. More...

Shots fired near Eastern Wayne Middle School

Eastern Wayne Middle School went into lockdown for more than an hour Monday following a drive-by shooting in the parking lot of a gas station across the street from the school. No injuries were reported. Wayne County Public Schools...

Monday, March 30, 2015

Two new interchanges slated for 2018

Interchanges at U.S. 117 and O'Berry Road at Dudley and U.S. 117 and Country Club Road at Mount Olive are currently on schedule to be built in the fall of 2018. Other road projects that are closer to being...

Suspect to face murder charge

SEVEN SPRINGS -- One Seven Springs man is dead and another is in custody following a fight inside their shared residence early Sunday morning, according to a Wayne County Sheriff's Office press release. Timothy Morris Holmes, 49, 113 Al...

City woman dies in three-car crash on I-40

A Goldsboro woman is dead following a three-car wreck on Interstate 40 in Burke County Friday afternoon. Nancy Jergensen, 65, 214 Creekside Drive, was killed when the car she was riding in was struck from behind near mile marker...

Dixon: County needs agriculture center

MOUNT OLIVE -- Sitting at the kitchen counter in his rural Duplin County home one morning last week, state Rep. Jimmy Dixon, dressed in a starched white shirt and suit, looked more like a statesman than farmer. But only...

Sheriff's deputies chase H&R suspect

A traffic stop initiated by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office after 10 p.m. Saturday turned into a high-speed pursuit when the driver failed to stop. The chase led all the way through downtown Kinston in Lenoir County before returning...

Investigators are looking into fire

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious fire that took place in Seven Springs on Wednesday. The damage and the blaze were not reported, however, until Friday. A cause for the blaze has still...

A new idol

Chelsea Olsen reacts after being named the first "WCC Idol" at Wayne Community College on Thursday night. Ten finalists competed for the title, with 38,850 votes cast to determine the winner. Miss Olsen, who sang the Toto song "Hold...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

General describes stay at Seymour Johnson

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer sat down with The News-Argus for a brief chat Saturday night before delivering the keynote address at the second annual Friends of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Gala. Spencer...

A base of support

As Air Force vice chief of staff, Gen. Larry O. Spencer assists the chief of staff with organizing, training, and equipping 690,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. But Saturday night Spencer...

Bus driver handles clash with road rage

A charter bus used on a Mount Olive Middle School field trip Wednesday was involved in a possible road rage incident, officials said Friday. Teachers and a group of seventh-grade students were reportedly on the bus en route to...

Trip: Yes; Attendance: Hit or miss

District 2 school board representative Dr. Dwight Cannon is continuing his missed-meeting streak, but managed to take advantage of more than $3,000 worth of district funds to attend the National School Boards Association conference last weekend in Nashville. The...

Walstonburg 'Proud to be an American Day' to be held April 18

WALSTONBURG -- Walstonburg is having its seventh annual "Proud to be an American Day" celebration on Saturday, April 18. The event will take place at the American Legion Building at 102 S. Main St. in Walstonburg. The event is designed...

Honoring the heroes

Candy Smith used a tissue to dab away the tears. "I always get choked up," she said following Saturday morning's Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Celebration. Her husband, Jay, served in Vietnam in 1966. "These kind of programs are very...

At last, closure in teen's death after murderer is found in jail

After 18 years of waiting, the Graybeal family finally has closure. At least now they know who was responsible for 16-year-old Jared's murder -- and that someone will be punished for the crime. They have been waiting for justice...

Disability Walk set for May 6

The 19th Annual Hal Plonk Disability Awareness Walk, sponsored by the Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities, will be held Wednesday, May 6, starting with registration at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 202 E. Chestnut St., at 9:30 a.m. The...

County Republicans gather, choose officers

Wayne County Republicans Saturday morning elected new leadership and approved resolutions in support of Israel, calling for the dismantling of the federal bureaucracy and for state lawmakers to change the date of the state presidential primary. Also, the 50...

Council focuses on codes, eyesores

The final day of the Goldsboro City Council's retreat focused on code enforcement -- for both trash collection and dilapidated buildings. Public Works Director Jose Martinez presented his findings on trash collection downtown. Businesses, he said, do not all...

Fremont celebrates daffodils, and spring

FREMONT -- The 2015 Fremont Daffodil Festival kicked off a few minutes late Saturday due to the cold, wind and rain, but the crowd remained undeterred. Mayor Darin Flowers opened the festival shortly after 10 a.m. as the skies...

Fighting to find a cure -- for them

More than 400 people filled the gymnasium at First Pentecostal Holiness Church on Friday night for the second annual Cures for the Colors survivors' dinner. The event served as the kickoff for Cures for the Colors, which raises money...

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