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Friday, September 30, 2016

Attorney suggests larger board for Wayne Preparatory Academy

The attorney for Wayne Preparatory Academy led a Town Hall meeting for the charter school Wednesday night at the Goldsboro Event Center, addressing recent concerns about the board and bylaws. The school on Tommy's Road opened in August 2014....

Liaison for base, schools retires

Robert Freeman, school liaison officer between Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and Wayne County Public Schools since 2007, is retiring today. It is a bittersweet occasion for the child of a tenant farmer growing up in Pitt County who...

Agricultural event speakers pepper comments with politics

KENANSVILLE -- It was billed as an agricultural event, but more times than not it resembled a Republican rally as speakers at the Thursday night gathering at the Duplin Events Center liberally flavored their comments with political rhetoric. They...

Fair back to full schedule

Rain led to the cancellation or delay of several events at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair on Thursday, but the chance of rain has lessened today and a full schedule is expected. Headlining today's activities are the Open Junior...

Smoke smell at school results in evacuation

Students were evacuated to the gym at Eastern Wayne Middle School Thursday morning after people inside the building thought they smelled smoke following a lightning strike, officials said. Around 10 a.m., the Goldsboro Fire Department responded to a call...

Alumni close to legal resolution

The potential dissolution of the Dillard-Goldsboro Alumni and Friends organization has prompted the parties involved in a two-year legal battle to work out their differences through a court-appointed attorney. Shelby Benton, a lawyer with Benton Family Law, was appointed by...

Wayne Fair winners from Thursday

Daily winners Thursday September 29 Educational Booth Winners Girl Scouts: Troop 95, Julie Slye Outdoor Landscape Design: Southern Wayne High School Christmas Tree Decoration Contest: Cominado Juntos ECA Wayne Recycle Fair Contest Best of Show: Jamie Bentley, Goldsboro LEGO Contest...

Poetry in the Park Sunday

The Wayne County Reads community-wide festival of poetry, art and music will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Herman Park. In case of inclement weather, the festival will be held at W.A. Foster Recreation Center on...

Shriners fish fry today at lunch and dinner

The Wayne Shrine Club's fall fish fry will be held today in Goldsboro and Mount Olive. All proceeds go to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville, S.C. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner...

Church broken into, money stolen

Someone broke into The True Word Church Ministries at 1206 S. George St. between Sunday and Tuesday evening, according to a Goldsboro Police Department report. The report said the church was locked and secured around 5 p.m. Sunday evening,...

Full schedule of fair events for today

Rain led to the cancellation or delay of several events at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair on Thursday, but clear skies have returned and a full schedule is expected today. Headlining today's activities are the Open Junior Meat Goat Show...

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Eastern Wayne Middle students return to class after reports of smoke

Students were evacuated to the gym at Eastern Wayne Middle School after people inside the building thought they smelled smoke following a lightning strike, officials at the scene said. Around 10 a.m., the Goldsboro Fire Department responded to a call about...

Eastern Wayne students evacuated to gym after lightning strike

Wayne County Public Schools spokesperson Ken Derksen confirmed Eastern Wayne Middle School students in the school's two-story building were evacuated to the gym this morning due to smoke. Officials at the scene believe the smoke was caused by a lightning...

Fair begins today

DUDLEY -- There will be plenty of food, carnival rides, games, exhibits and entertainment when the 68th annual Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair launches its 10-day run this afternoon at 4 p.m. But at its heart, the fair is all about...

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base leaders highlight close ties to community

For the nearly 100 people who gathered Wednesday morning to hear about the state of the military, in particular that of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the message was clear -- a key component to the base's strength is...

Governor increases reward for murder tips

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Wednesday the state is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed Deyelle Morrisey near 300 Rollingwood Drive on Nov. 23, 2015 -- a case...

Man charged in hit and run

Goldsboro police say the man who allegedly killed Windom Levi Elliot in a hit-and- run accident Saturday night is now in custody. Larry Donnell Miller, 41, of 209 Dillard St., turned himself in to police after officers were able...

DGDC up for Main Street award

The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. has been named as a semifinalist for a first-ever national Main Street award. Goldsboro is one of 10 cities in the running for the Great American Main Street Award that will be announced May...

C.B. Aycock advances in 'Best in Class Challenge'

Charles B. Aycock High School is one of five schools to earn enough online votes to advance in the Quaker State "Best in Class Challenge." Fifty-five schools across the nation were vying for the opportunity, with CBA one of...

Five-car wreck sends one to hospital

A five-car wreck on Wayne Memorial Drive near New Hope Road Wednesday around 4:50 p.m. sent one person to the hospital and slowed traffic for more than an hour and a half. The wreck happened when a red Ford...

Flash flood warning for areas in Wayne County

The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued a flash flood warning for Wayne County until 12:15 p.m.At 9:19 a.m., Doppler radar indicated heavy showers and thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area.Up to 2 inches of rain have...

Man charged in fatal hit and run

Goldsboro police say the man who allegedly killed Windom Levi Elliot in a hit and run Saturday night is now in custody. Larry Donnell Miller, 41, of 209 Dillard St., turned himself in to police after officers were able to...

Five-car wreck sends one to hospital

A five-car wreck on Wayne Memorial Drive near New Hope Road Wednesday around 4:50 p.m. sent one person to the hospital and slowed traffic for more than an hour and a half. The wreck happened when a Ford Explorer driven...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Governor offers reward for information in 2015 killing of 15-year-old

Gov. Pat McCrory announced today the state is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever murdered Deyelle Morrisey near 300 Rollingwood Drive on Nov. 23, 2015 -- a case that...

Two men arrested after two high-speed chases in Mount Olive

A man eluded police twice Sunday, resulting in two high-speed chases in Mount Olive.According to the Mount Olive Police Department, Nathaniel Bruce Britt, 29, of Albertson, was driving a black Dodge van east on Park Avenue when an officer followed...

J.D. Evans portrait unveiled at library

MOUNT OLIVE -- Putting a face with a name is not the usual expression. But the J.D. Evans Community Room received a face when a portrait of the late Evans was unveiled at Steele Memorial Library Tuesday, Sept. 20. "A...

Fun Day in the Park Saturday afternoon

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Fun Day in the Park from 4 to 6  p.m. Saturday at Westbrook Park, 210 Westbrook St. It is being co-sponsored by The Bridge church, Mount Olive...

Calypso firefighters to hold auction

CALYPSO -- The Calypso Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual auction Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. The event raises money to fund the volunteer fire department's general fund, as there is no fire district tax for the area. The...

A day for heroes

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive First Pentecostal Holiness Church recognized local heroes during its 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, Sept. 11, on the 15 anniversary of 9/11. Local heroes -- law enforcement and first-responders -- were addressed by Mount Olive...

Men of FIC gives book bags to schools

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive Middle School Principal Tammy Keel, right, accepts a donation of book bags filled with school supplies from members of the Men of Faith, Integrity and Character, from left, Al Southerland, Vernon Lee, Charlie Galloway and...

'Verses and Vittles': Cutting toenails

"Do not judge so that you will not be judged." -- Matthew 7:1 When I married my husband in 1953, I inherited a job right away. It was cutting his toenails. His mother cut them before me. I always thought...

Syringe in bra, meth lead to charges

MOUNT OLIVE -- A woman allegedly hid methamphetamine in her mouth, two syringes in her pocket and one syringe in her bra Sunday in Mount Olive. A report from the Mount Olive Police Department said Kathy Harper Letchworth, 43,...

Wayne Community College board talks project slowdown

Requests from the state to make the proposed Advanced Manufacturing Center more energy efficient sparked debate Tuesday night among the Wayne Community College board of trustees, who were concerned about potential slowdowns to the project. The former Cooper Bussmann...

City hires new tourism director

A marketing and sales professional with local ties has been hired as the Goldsboro travel and tourism director. Ashlin Glatthar, the director of sales and marketing for the Hampton Inn and Best Western Plus hotels in Goldsboro, will start...

Building the fair

A crewman assembles a popular carousel ride at the Wayne Regional Fairgrounds. The fair opens Thursday afternoon and runs through Saturday, Oct. 8. Exhibit and contest submissions are being taken in today from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday morning...

Parents raise issue of school's funding

Roughly 40 people met with attorney Glenn Barfield at Wayne Preparatory Academy Tuesday night for about three hours about concerns regarding the school's finances and the school's board of directors, whom Barfield represents. Several parents raised concerns about millions...

Two are charged in sale of drugs

A man and a woman were arrested last Wednesday after a traffic stop on N.C. 111 South and Spring Bank Road during which officers located 9 ounces of cocaine with a street value of $25,200. The Goldsboro/Wayne County Drug...

Council approves streets paving list

The Goldsboro City Council approved its first list of city streets slated for repaving if voters approve a $7 million bond referendum in November. The list was approved Monday in an effort to provide information to city residents prior...

Illuminating the darkness

KINSTON -- Robert Lawrence Jr. spends a moment squinting at the dark canvas before him. He slips on his glasses and cocks his head to the side. With a few strokes from his brush, dipped in his choice of...

Board tables rezoning request

A change in the appearance of a heavily wooded area along Thoroughfare Road prompted the Goldsboro Planning Commission Monday to table a rezoning request tied to a proposed solar farm. Planning Commission member Glenn Barwick said he was concerned...

Eighteen violent criminals attend GPAC call-in

There will come a time for many people when they must make a choice that will determine the course of their lives and the lives of their loved ones. For the 18 violent criminals who attended Tuesday night's Goldsboro Partners...

Paws and Pumpkins slated for Oct. 15

Furever Paws will have a fundraiser Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Paws and Pumpkins dog adoption and fall event will be held at Waynesborough Park. There will be entertainment, drawings for prizes, face painting and...

Crime of the week

On Friday, Sept. 16, around 3 p.m., a woman reported that she was robbed at gunpoint by two unknown black men at her home in the 400 block of Virginia Street. The men took money from the victim and fled...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Two face cocaine charges

A man and a woman were arrested last Wednesday after a traffic stop on N.C. 111 South and Spring Bank Road during which officers located 9 ounces of cocaine with a street value of $25,200. The Goldsboro/Wayne County Drug Task...

Man arrested for drugs after traffic stop

A traffic stop on Sept. 23 resulted in a Goldsboro man being arrested for possession of heroin, cocaine and marijuana, according to a press release from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.Charles Albert Stephens, 37, of 130 Vanderbilt Circle, was stopped...

Business owners press DOT about signs

Local business owners Monday morning pressed state Department of Transportation officials for prompt action on installing business logo signs near interchanges on the new U.S. 70 Bypass, saying they are suffering as traffic passes them by. They, along with Wayne...

Arrest made in 1987 case

Police say a DNA-match and other evidence led to the arrest of a Goldsboro man Friday in connection with a cold case that dates back nearly 30 years. Sylvester Earl Braswell, 52, of 1903 Palm St., will now answer...

Primary care location to open in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE -- A new primary care physician's office is scheduled to open Oct. 31 in the now closed medical office building on U.S. 117 North in Pikeville. Wayne Memorial Hospital has leased the building from Eastern Medical Associates, said Louis...

Candidates take the floor during forum

GRANTHAM -- Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones raised his right hand Monday night as he asked the crowd of nearly 50 gathered for a candidates forum if they knew about his "situation." His opponent, Will Bland, pointed out that...

Pikeville restaurant damaged by fire

PIKEVILLE -- A fire broke out in the kitchen at El Texano Family Restaurant in Pikeville-Pleasant Grove Saturday afternoon. Pikeville-Pleasantville Grove and Belfast firefighters arrived after they received a call around 5:45 p.m., Pikeville Fire Department assistant chief Jared McPhail...

Delivery truck backs into woman's car

No one was injured Monday afternoon when a flatbed delivery truck backed into a woman's car at 1908 Stephens Court. The wreck occurred at around 4 p.m., as the driver of the Sunbelt Rentals truck was backing out of the...

Arnold Jones pleads not guilty

WILMINGTON -- District 8-B Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones II was arraigned in federal court Monday and entered a not guilty plea on all three charges brought against him in a federal indictment. A federal indictment against Jones for allegedly...

Monday, September 26, 2016

Wilson man charged for possession of methamphetamine

A man was arrested for the possession of methamphetamine by the Goldsboro and Wayne County REACT Team after a traffic stop Friday. Alston Clifton Bass, 20, of 7825 Tedder Road in Wilson was charged with possession of methamphetamine after the REACT...

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