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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Local schoolchildren celebrate the holiday

Students in Toni McCance's first-grade class at Brogden Primary School were on a mission. A turkey-saving mission. Their assignment was simple -- enlist the help of their families to come up with a clever disguise for the popular Thanksgiving...

More than a meal

Doricia Benton will not close the door. "I won't turn anyone away," she said. It's a philosophy that has left her making sandwiches during business meetings for people at her door. "To utter those words, 'We're closed,' I cannot...

'Downtown Lights Up!' rescheduled for Dec. 2

Rain, warmth and snow do not mix well. To that end, the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. rescheduled the annual Downtown Lights Up! that was scheduled to unfold Tuesday evening. The event will now take place Dec. 2. But other than...

Duplin eyes sex offenders

KENANSVILLE -- More than 50 law enforcement officers from the Duplin County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Marshal Service and the Department of Public Safety Division of Community Correction swept across the county early Tuesday to verify the registration compliance...

SJAFB airmen provide holiday meal at city Boys and Girls Club

For some, Thanksgiving has many meanings. But for 7-year-old Travon Moore, explaining the holiday is pretty simple. "It was when the Pilgrims and the Indians met each other and hung out," he said. Laimear Lofton, 7, sees it differently....

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Teenager charged in pipe assault

A Goldsboro teenager is being held without bond in the Wayne County Jail this morning after allegedly beating a New York woman in the head several times with a metal pipe, according to a Goldsboro police report. John Carlton...

SJAFB kicks off 2014 Angel Tree program

From a distance, it resembles many of the Christmas trees one might see displayed inside a department store this time of year. But when you zero in on the handmade ornaments hanging from the branches attached to the one...

Bells of hope

Aisha Smith rattles a bell outside of a local Kmart. She wishes the shoppers a merry Christmas and happy Thanksgiving -- encouraging them to put a dollar in the plastic red kettle to her left. It might be her...

Bell elected House majority whip

State House Rep. John R. Bell IV of Goldsboro has been elected majority whip by the House Republican Caucus for the new legislative session that convenes in January. "This is an official position, and I am elected," Bell said....

Veterans promote annual toy drive

The annual Toys for Tots campaign has begun and collection boxes have been placed at car dealerships, real estate offices and at most major department store outlets in the county. Nationally, the program is sponsored by the U.S. Marine...

Thanksgiving meals donated across city

In Wayne County, local residents have captured the season of giving mentality. This year marks the sixth annual "Thanksgiving in a Bag" campaign sponsored by Gateway Community Church, providing full holiday meals for needy families in Wayne and Wilson...

Facial expression

MOUNT OLIVE -- It's manly, it's intimidating, and yes -- people will make comments about it. Matt Shields, a member of the University of Mount Olive's men's lacrosse team, grew a handlebar mustache for "No Shave November," or "Movember,"...

Eureka's parade is back

EUREKA -- The Eureka Christmas Parade is making a comeback next month after being canceled last year. "We are going to have a parade," organizer Jimmy Wise said. "We have already had a good response. We sure have. We...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Murderer's request for new trial denied

The one person who might be willing to say definitively whether or not Javonta Marquez Ellis, 17, is in fact guilty of murder might never be heard from. Perez McDuffie took the stand in Wayne County Superior Court Monday...

Early birds

At the "Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" party, 4-year-old Davis Hunter ended up painting the table as much as his pumpkin. And Anna Sauls, 4, ended up about as orange as hers. Arts Council executive director Sarah Merritt did not seem to...

McClenny, Webbers net honors at Farm-City event

Charlie McClenny and the late Harold and Frances Webber were inducted into the Wayne County Agricultural Hall of Fame during the annual Farm-City Banquet held Monday night at the Wayne Center. The Webbers' children, Jim Webber, Bob Webber and...

Mid-morning wreck leaves man injured

An unidentified man was pulled from the wreckage of an overturned Ford Ranger by firefighters this morning after his truck ran off the road and flipped into a ditch off New Hope Road. The Goldsboro Fire Department responded along...

Downtown Lights Up! rescheduled

Tonight's Downtown Lights Up! has been canceled due to inclement weather, and is rescheduled for next Tuesday, Dec 2. Events will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. next Tuesday....

Monday, November 24, 2014

Cemetery moving forward

Construction could begin in early December on the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery on Long's Plant Farm Road east of Goldsboro and take about 10 months to complete, depending on the weather. Daniels and Daniels Construction Co. of Goldsboro...

Miss Goldsboro nets another pageant win

For the second time in two years, a Miss Goldsboro went on to capture the crown as Miss Greater Sampson County and is now positioned to vie for the state title held by her predecessor next spring. Reigning Miss...

WCC adds opportunities to sign up for classes

Wayne Community College has added three more opportunities, including a Saturday, to sign up for spring semester college credit classes. New and returning students can register 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, and Thursday, Dec. 11, in addition to...

In their shoes

The Herman Park Center lawn was littered with "Cardboard City" residents on Saturday night. I was one of them. We elected to give up our homes for a night to get a glimpse of what homelessness is really like....

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Country Club will close

Less than 70 years after receiving its charter from the state, the Goldsboro Country Club will close its doors. A member of the club's board of directors would not divulge just why the decision was made, but confirmed that...

Downtown Lights Up! will mark start of holiday season Tuesday evening

In just a few more days, Goldsboro will mark the official start of the Christmas season with holiday light -- and a little snow. The Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. will host Downtown Lights Up! on Tuesday from 5 until...

A seat at the table

Shycole Simpson-Carter remembers what it was like to be hungry. The daughter of a mother who was raising four children on her own, she knew food was scarce -- and that sometimes her mother did not eat so she...

Denning named to post on UMO Foundation board

MOUNT OLIVE -- George Robert "Bobby" Denning has been named to the University of Mount Olive Foundation Board. The foundation, which was formed in early 2004, has been active in its efforts to raise funds for the university. Denning...

Government will observe holiday

Local, state, and federal offices, banks, the Postal Service office and schools will observe the Thanksgiving holiday this week. All Wayne County offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, with the exception of the landfill. The landfill and convenience...

Wreaths Across America set for Dec. 13

The deadline for donations to "Wreaths Across America," a project to place a wreath on the grave of every veteran, is drawing near. On Saturday, Dec. 13, at noon, ceremonies will be held across the nation to lay the...

'Tis the season

The Christmas parade season got under way in Seven Spring on Saturday and over the next two weeks it will be followed by six more. The weekend of Dec. 6 and 7 will be busy with parades in Mount...

Community Harvest Outreach feeding more than 300 families

Community Harvest Outreach will feed more than 300 needy families at Thanksgiving, thanks to the support of dozens of local businesses and churches. The ministry held its third annual harvest festival Saturday at the HGDC Community Crisis Center on...

Santa takes seat in Berkeley Mall

Isaac Peterson has been very good this year. How good? The 4-year-old could not stretch his arms wide enough to illustrate it. So when he climbed into Santa's lap at Berkeley Mall, he knew he was on the "nice...

Berkeley widening project on hold

The Berkeley Boulevard widening project has been put on hold temporarily because of complications with utility relocation in the area. The contract was originally awarded to Fred Smith Co. at $2.8 million, but the company balked at the location...

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