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Thursday, October 30, 2014

County neighborhoods consider paying for their own street lights

How quickly street lights can be switched back on in the de-annexed area north of Goldsboro appears to outweigh any concern residents might have about cost. At a meeting Wednesday night, nearly two dozen people asked Wayne County commissioners...

Look out, there is the Spider-Man

Bentley Bradshaw, 3, colors at one of the stations set up in the gym of North Drive Elementary during the annual Wee Wings Mobile Pre-K Fall Festival on Wednesday. This is the first year the event has been held...

Supreme Court candidate stops

North Carolinians will elect four out of the seven members of the state Supreme Court at the same time on Tuesday. Superior Court Judge Eric L. Levinson, 47, who is one of eight hopefuls seeking a seat on the...

Suspect caught with purse outside local club

A Dudley man is in the Wayne County Jail today after Goldsboro police officers on foot patrol near a local nightclub found him in possession of stolen property and a gun. Charles Edward Smith, 28, of Fox Drive, is...

Generator catches fire at hospital site

A diesel generator used to power a building during construction at the new Cherry Hospital complex caught fire during elevator stress tests Wednesday. The project is no stranger to setbacks. The site was originally scheduled for completion in 2012...

Security Forces Association to host run to support soup kitchen

The local Security Forces Association is giving back this weekend, as it hosts the Running to "Stop" Hunger 5K and 10K Saturday. Money raised during the event will go to the Community Soup Kitchen of Goldsboro. Event coordinator Nancy...

Crime of the week

On Oct. 28 at 3:15 p.m., Goldsboro officers responded to the UpScale Barbershop located at 716-B East Ash St. regarding shots being fired at the business while several persons were inside. Officers determined an unknown subject fired shots at the...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fire damages new Cherry Hospital complex

A diesel generator used to power a building caught fire during elevator stress tests being conducted at the new Cherry Hospital this afternoon -- a blaze that caused more than $200,000 in damages. For complete details, see Thursday's News-Argus....

Secretary of transportation makes stop in Wayne County

MOUNT OLIVE -- Choice is the watchword for transportation in the 21st century and for the U.S. that means focusing not on a highway trust fund, but rather on a wider transportation trust fund that looks at more than...

Stevens: Goldsboro economy improving

Goldsboro is steadily growing, city officials say, and the figures, although not spectacular, back up the assertion. The city's tax base has grown from $1.7 billion in 2004 to $2.2 billion last year, with the figure estimated to be...

Goldsboro Police Department tracks series of shootings

The Goldsboro Police Department is working to determine whether a string of shootings that began Tuesday afternoon and carried on through early this morning are connected. The shootings spanned from East Ash Street to Wayne Memorial Drive to North...

Alliance names new leader

Crystal Gettys, who for the last seven years has worked with the Lincoln Economic Development Association, has been named the new president of the Wayne County Development Alliance. She will assume her new duties on Dec. 1. The announcement...

It's a scream

MOUNT OLIVE -- Before Friday night, I thought I was brave. I survived Scarowinds. I watch crime shows. I even, on occasion, kill bugs. So before I, and News-Argus photographer Melissa Key, arrived at the Marr Branch haunted house --...

Local lawmen offer tips to parents

As Halloween approaches, officials from Goldsboro and Wayne County said they will be keeping a close eye on the events set to unfold Friday. And local lawmen, who have set a 6 to 8 p.m. trick-or-treat time, are urging...

Judge says experience gives him edge in Court of Appeals election

Experience, education and knowledge are what Judge John M. Tyson says set him apart from the other 18 candidates for a seat on the state Court of Appeals. Tyson, 61, has previously served a full eight-year term on the...

Animal-related crashes up in Wayne

Deer are a common sight along Stony Creek Parkway either standing at the wood line or along the edge of the street. But that tranquil scene can quickly turn deadly when the deer bolt into traffic. In recent weeks...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Majesty Rose set to launch YouTube page

When the "American Idol" tour wrapped in August, contestant Majesty Rose didn't just go back to her normal life in Goldsboro. During her stint as part of the Season 13's Top 10, she used her time wisely -- making...

More than 7,200 have voted

More than 7,200 ballots have been cast in one-stop, or early voting, through Monday prior to the mid-term general election that will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4. All of the county's polling places will be open on Election Day...

Wayne Community College hosts talk by Mexican consul

Wayne Community College will host a talk by a Mexican diplomat Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium. Javier Diaz de Leon, who assumed the post of Consul General in Raleigh last year, will talk about the role...

Police credit citizens for arrest of two men

The Goldsboro Police Department is crediting community involvement with helping solve a motor vehicle break-in and larceny that took place in broad day light Monday. Two men are in jail on felony larceny and other charges after citizens who...

Promotions coordinator for DGDC resigns, effective next Monday

Meg Gernaat, promotions coordinator for Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp., will no longer be working for the city of Goldsboro. "We never planned to stay put in Goldsboro," she said. "We moved with the Air Force and my husband started...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ex-HR chief files complaint

Sue Guy, who was fired earlier this month from her job as Wayne County human resources director, has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Center. The complaint, she said, is the first in a "laundry list"...

Advice from someone who has been there

Octavius Murphy does not blend in. He towers above the Dillard Middle School students as they pour into the hallway for a class change. His bright neon orange T-shirt sets him apart further. He graduated middle school a long...

Church tries to decide on its next step

With its church destroyed by fire for the second time in 77 years, a Wayne County pastor is looking for a new pasture for her flock. Salisbury AME Zion Church, located at 3948 Big Daddy's Road, burned to the...

Christmas comes early 'in the forest'

Christmas in the Forest is a one-stop place where you can enjoy a warm meal, pick up a few baked goodies to take home and do your Christmas shopping. The annual event will be Friday from 9 a.m. to...

Two charged in local vehicle break-ins

Two men residing at the Irish Inn in Goldsboro have been charged by the Goldsboro Police Department in a series of vehicle break-ins, according to a press release. Patrol officers called to the area of Sunburst Drive Sunday located...

Police look for robbery suspect

Goldsboro police captured one armed man and are searching for another after two suspects in dark clothing attempted to break into the Family Dollar at 1403 Wayne Memorial Drive as the business was closing Sunday. The subject in custody...

Wayne Community College makes 'Military Friendly' list

Wayne Community College has been named a "Military Friendly(r) School" for the fifth year. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate...

Two Wayne Memorial nurses are named to state's Top 100

Two nurses from Wayne Memorial Hospital made this year's Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina. The Great 100 Inc., an organization that recognizes nursing excellence, also provides scholarships to nursing students at all levels across the state. This is the...

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