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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hope revives as Mae's opens doors

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Bailey Tutor, 8, chomped on an ear of freshly cooked corn on the cob. At her side, her baby sister, Parker, 6, made short work of a large piece of homemade pineapple cake. The sisters and their...

Pikeville teen charged in stabbing

A 17-year-old is facing a felony charge after allegedly stabbing an 18-year-old in the arms and abdomen Wednesday night, according to a press release. Lee Roy Darden III, 17, of 437 Ivey Lane, Pikeville, is charged with felony assault with...

Mount Olive police investigate report of indecent exposure

Two children reported that a man exposed himself to them Monday, according to a Mount Olive police report. On Monday afternoon, a 12-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl went to Piggly Wiggly to purchase a few items when they noticed a...

Mentoring program seeks to pair 100 men with 100 at-risk boys

The violent crime that continues to plague the Goldsboro area led a group of community organizers to launch a mentoring program for young men. The 100 Fold program, planned to start in August, will connect 100 male mentors with 100...

Admission of drug possession leads to seizure of stolen firearm

An admission of drug possession during a traffic stop led to authorities finding a stolen firearm on June 16, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Derwin Lynn Little II, 27, of 3668 Wayne Memorial Drive, is charged with possession...

MOUNT OLIVE MESSENGER: Tag your pride, support for university

MOUNT OLIVE -- The University of Mount Olive has more than half of the 300 names it needs to petition the state to issue a license tag featuring its logo. If the drive gets 500 names, it does not have...

Bill designed to safeguard N.C. bases

The military is a $66 billion industry in North Carolina -- an economic engine that the state must safeguard, said Sen. Don Davis of Snow Hill. A bill co-sponsored by Davis calls for the state's Military Affairs Commission to...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

GPAC hears from former criminal

Lisa Tindal has lived a hard life. A former street criminal, she also knows what it's like to live after leaving her past and working toward a better future. Tindal shared parts of her story and urged some of Wayne...

MOUNT OLIVE MESSENGER: Tournament play

The Mount Olive Parks and Recreation Department recently hosted three days of a 12-and-under baseball tournament at Daughtry Field. Teams from Mount Olive and across Wayne County participated in the tourney. The Trojans and Vipers from Mount Olive faced off...

Police seek information in breaking and entering of Lantern Inn

Authorities are asking for information in the breaking and entering of the Lantern Inn on Ash Street Monday. According to the Goldsboro Police Department, at around 5:15 a.m. Monday an employee from Lantern Inn reported that a man threw a...

UPDATE: Two men arrested after authorities find 100 pounds of marijuana

Two men were arrested Tuesday after a joint drug task force operation led to the seizure of around 100 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $500,000. William Russell Deeming Jr., 58, 2605 Pine Knoll Drive, Kinston, and...

Use caution in the water

It's officially summer. That means warm, carefree days -- often spent on the water. Be it on the lake, in the pool or in the ocean, use caution before diving in. Lt. Ian Barratt with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office...

Learning the science behind rockets

Emblazoned on Eggbert's side is a simple statement: "I will survive." Eggbert is a common, grocery-variety egg about to face a potentially life-ending event. A group of three children, Katie Raabe, 10, Tyndall Steele, 10, and Carly Gerringer, 9,...

Street widening project threatens properties

More than 80 parcels of property along North William Street (U.S. 117 North) will be affected by right of-way acquisition for a $21 million highway improvement plan. That property acquisition already is under way for the project that will...

State cornhole tournament returns

Some of the top cornhole players in the nation will visit Goldsboro this weekend to compete for state championship titles. The American Cornhole Association's fourth annual state tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at the W.A. Foster Center,...

School board awards building bid to firm

The Wayne County Board of Education made progress on the construction of the new Meadow Lane Elementary building at its special called session Tuesday, and made changes to its representation on the Wayne Community College Board of Trustees. The board...

New southern food restaurant to open in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE -- A new Southern-style restaurant, with a flair of soul food, is gearing up for a July 1 opening in Pikeville along U.S. 117. Southern Comfort Restaurant will open its doors at 6 a.m. and plans to operate seven...

Health-related essays earn teen scholarships

Three Wayne County teens brought up some worthwhile topics at a recent Board of Health meeting, earning them college scholarship money. The youth were finalists in the annual Charles T. Gibson Teen Public Health Leadership Essay Contest, named for a...

Commissioners adopt interim budget

A roughly $10.1 million interim spending plan was adopted by Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning in an effort to forestall a 2.46-cent property tax increase. The stopgap measure was adopted as commissioners wait to see if state lawmakers preserve...

Arts council to host upcoming events

The Arts Council of Wayne County has two big events coming up soon. Its big summer event will be held in conjunction with First Friday Aug. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. It will be a hula party and Hawaiian...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

100 pounds of marijuana seized by joint task force

A joint-drug task force operation seized approximately 100 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $500,000 during a traffic stop Tuesday. First Sgt. Mike Dawson of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office also serves as a task force officer...

Traffic stop leads to arrest of two gang members

Four men -- two of them validated gang members -- are facing felony charges after a traffic stop in West Haven Friday, according to a press release. Quentin Dean Jackson, 26, of 1313 N. Jefferson Ave.; Ormond Qudre Cobb, 26,...

Southern Wayne alumni create a scholarship opportunity

Classmates Rachell Carroll, Faith Leach and Angel Flow Williams remember the struggles of getting ready to go to college -- from filling out applications to securing financial aid and everything in between. The three were friends since primary school,...

Books and building

For the kids at the Wayne County Public Library's summer reading program, reading is the first step toward making Goldsboro a better place to live. More than 30 kids gathered at the library Monday for the program's first event...

Downtown loans available

The Downtown Goldsboro Development office is seeking applicants interested in receiving between $5,000 and $10,000 in revolving loan funds for projects that support downtown revitalization. The downtown revolving loan program has $30,000 available for projects that meet certain criteria,...

Schools publish student artwork, written creations

Wayne County Public Schools has published its annual collection of student artwork and written creations from every school. The 2016-2017 online book, Wayne Collection, has been released this week and is available at www.waynecountyschools.org. "We are excited to present...

Blood drives scheduled for Wayne area

Wayne County residents will have several opportunities to give blood in various locations around the county. A blood drive will be held today from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Beautancus Community Building on Beautancus Road near Mount Olive....

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sheriff's Office: Woman, teen beaten in home invasion

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating a home invasion that took place early this morning on Peele Road. According to a sheriff's office report, a 20-year-old and a 14-year-old were home at the time and told investigators they were...

Gang member charged in Saturday shooting on Slocumb Street

A validated gang member is facing charges after being arrested today for allegedly shooting a man at the Bees Town Grocery over the weekend, according to the Goldsboro Police Department. Labar Lee Leslie Jr., 20, of 403 W. Pine St.,...

Second teenager dies after being caught in a rip current June 10

EMERALD ISLE -- The second of two teenagers from Goldsboro who were caught in a rip current June 10 died this morning at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, according to a press release from the Emerald Isle Police Department. Tyresse...

Police: IHOP employees robbed leaving work

Two IHOP employees were robbed at gunpoint early Saturday morning as they left work, according to a police report. The report said the pair was leaving work around 1:15 a.m. when two people came out of the bushes brandishing handguns....

Hardware store opens in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE -- A longstanding auto parts store recently added hardware merchandise and moved into a building triple its size along U.S. 117 in Pikeville. Pikeville Auto and Hardware opened its doors Wednesday inside the former Dollar General box store,...

Married couple arrested for stabbing and thefts

A married couple is facing charges after authorities connected them to a stabbing and multiple thefts that took place earlier this month, according to a press release. Alexis Dominique Starkey, 23, of 163 Park Ridge Road, and Breyon Naijawon Starkey,...

Summer feeding programs available for children in city

For children in low-income families, summer can be the hungriest time of the year, but there are options throughout Goldsboro to help fill in the gaps. The end of the school year also means the end of free and reduced...

Three Goldsboro siblings and GHS graduates go on to earn doctoral degrees

Siblings Michael Johnson, Larry Johnson and Cynthia Johnson Reynolds all graduated from Goldsboro High School and went on to earn doctoral degrees. But early on, they were considered "at-risk," Mrs. Reynolds said. "We are first-generation college graduates from our family,"...

SBA loans available

Small Business Administration loans are available for businesses and homeowners whose properties were damaged during by the straight line winds and severe storms that struck Sampson County on May 29. Residents in adjacent counties -- Wayne, Duplin, Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett,...

Groups hold book drive

Communities in Schools, the Partnership for Children of Wayne County and Wayne County Public Library are holding a book drive they hope will bring in over a thousand books to distribute to children. "We're collecting new and gently used books...

Board to review $42M bond sale

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday will be updated on the sale of $42 million in bonds. The bulk, $32 million, is for the Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center ($12,042,604) and for a new Meadow Lane Elementary School and a...

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