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Monday, April 20, 2015

County to weigh funds for GHS project

Wayne County commissioners will consider a funding request Tuesday from the county Board of Education that the school board says is necessary to proceed with a project at Goldsboro High School. On March 26, the state Department of Public...

Reading, writing and possibilities

FREMONT -- Patrick Smith has come home. The freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill stands in the yard, throwing a football with his friends. He grew up in the small white building. The fenced-in yard...

Shots fired at store

Goldsboro police have not yet released the name of a man shot outside Beestown Grocery, 901 S. Slocumb St., at about 9 a.m. today. The shooting took place outside the store near the intersection of Wilmington Avenue and South...

Missing man, 74, discovered after officials' overnight search

The body of Bennie Ray Toms, 74, who was reported missing Sunday afternoon, was discovered early this morning in a wooded area off Ruskin Road. A family member found Toms deceased at about 8 a.m., the Wayne County Sheriff's...

Wayne earns NCWorks certification

Two years ago, Wayne County became the first county in the state to be named an NCWorks Certified Work Ready Community. The recognition came during the launch of the regional pilot program that recognized local efforts to improve workforce...

Board accepts change order for Spring Creek, Grantham projects

The Wayne County Board of Education accepted a change order request for the sanitation system at Spring Creek and Grantham middle schools this morning, that will ultimately incur no present or future costs to the district. The special called...

300 students to participate in annual All-County Choral Festival on Tuesday

Wayne County Public Schools will hold its annual All-County Choral Festival on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Goldsboro High School. Three hundred choral students from around the district, representing 29 schools, will participate in the musical event. Choral directors...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Search ends with discovery of body

A Wayne County man who went missing early Sunday afternoon was found deceased this morning. Bennie Ray Toms, 74, left his home on Solara Drive just after noon today and never returned. And when his car was found on...

Saturday, April 18, 2015

County Democrats elect new leaders

A new slate of officers will take over the direction of the county's Democratic Party, as Democrats prepare for several key elections locally and statewide. The Wayne County Democratic Party Convention was held in Courtroom No. 4 at the...

WCC threat suspect charged

A man has been arrested in connection with a telephone threat that closed the campus of Wayne Community College Friday for the second time in a week. Kentrell Lamont Chadwick, 31, of 909 Prince Ave., has been charged with...

WCC faculty remembers shooting victim

Kirk Keller is still sifting through all the emotions that bubbled up Monday morning as he was driving to work at Wayne Community College. Before the WCC instructor in the business administration/operation management department even arrived, the calls started...

Sweeney moves dojo, retains champions

It started with a dream -- a 5-year-old in a white gi who told his parents he would master the martial arts one day. But Dustin Carter had no idea that just more than four years later, his mentor...

New details emerge in WCC shooting

New information emerged Friday detailing the last moments of 44-year-old Wayne Community College print shop supervisor Ron Lane's life. Lane died on the college campus Monday from a single gunshot wound inflicted by a former work study student whom...

Man shot during family dispute

A family dispute resulted in one man being shot in the leg and the other being arrested Friday night. The shooting took place outside the victim's residence at 501 Forsyth St. at 9:10 p.m. Jason Timmons, 28, of New...

916th welcomes new leader

Members of the 916th Air Refueling Wing were sad to see "Happy" go Saturday, but remain proud of the legacy he leaves behind. Col. Gregory "Happy" Gilmour relinquished his role as the 916th commander to Vice Commander Col. Craig...

Friday, April 17, 2015

Arrest made in WCC threat

Goldsboro police have arrested a 31-year-old in connection to the threat made against Wayne Community College this morning. Kentrell Lamont Chadwick, of Prince Avenue, was charged with making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property and is being...

District announces volunteer of the year

Marlene Sosa was happy from the moment she entered the gym at Tommy's Road Elementary School Thursday afternoon. She walked through the door as if on cue, just as her name was called along with others being recognized as...

College closes after threat

A threat phoned in to the campus of Wayne Community College early this morning forced the school to shut down early for the weekend, officials said today. Goldsboro police Chief Jeff Stewart said the school felt the threat was...

Stancil disrupts hearing

It took a second attempt at a first appearance Thursday for Kenneth M. Stancil III, 20, to acknowledge the charges against him and to request a court-appointed attorney. The first attempt to arraign the confessed killer on felony murder...

916th on new tanker short list

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base officials learned this week that the Goldsboro installation could house a new fleet of tankers by the end of the decade. The Air Force confirmed that the 916th Air Refueling Wing is among five...

Community prayer

Attendees at a prayer service for shooting victim Ronald Lane expressed shock and deep concern Thursday for both the victim and his family and the alleged killer, as well as the Goldsboro community as a whole. "We have come...

Nelson Mitchell receives award for volunteering

As Nelson Mitchell was being wheeled into surgery for a liver transplant, he prayed for God to give him just five more years -- long enough to see his son get married and see a grandchild. "It had to be...

WCC evacuated amid 'credible' threat

Wayne Community College is closing the campus within the next few minutes, as a "credible" threat was made this morning against the school. Local officials said given the events that unfolded Monday, it made sense to respond. For complete details...

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