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Monday, October 20, 2014

Terry Light running for district attorney

Terry Light says she had never considered politics until her boss, District Attorney Branny Vickory, told her he was retiring. That was more than two years ago, and Ms. Light, 43, who has spent 17 and a half years in...

Woman charged in man's death

jjoyce@newsargus.com PRINCETON -- A Princeton man is dead and a woman is charged with his murder today following a domestic dispute early Sunday morning. "We are still in the investigative phase, but it does appear that it started from a...

'Military brats' reunite, raise money for heroes

esmith@newsargus.com LAGRANGE -- A group of Eastern Wayne High School graduates who spent part of their youth at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base held their second annual Octoberfest on Saturday night, raising money for the Air Warrior Courage Foundation and...

De-annexed areas might keep lights

sherring@newsargus.com After nearly two years of study, a way has been found to turn the street lights back on in the de-annexed areas northwest of Goldsboro, but only if residents in that area agree to the plan, Wayne County Commissioner...

A Scout haunting

kballard@newsargus.com Vanessa White, 10, clutches her mother as she walks through the woods -- what was that? A tree moves closer. They squeal as they duck under a spiderweb-covered branch. Up ahead, a werewolf howls and snarls, waiting for fresh...

Librarian to serve as temporary HR chief for county

sherring@newsargus.com Jerilyn Lee is temporarily trading her library books to serve as interim director for the Wayne County Human Resources Department. Mrs. Lee currently manages the Steele Memorial Library in Mount Olive, but has an extensive background in hu-man resources....

Alzheimer's Walk set for this weekend

pmoore@newsargus.com Carol Lancaster has never had a problem walking alongside someone who needs help. A friend going through cancer. A relative with dementia. At 67, she says she feels very blessed to be supportive where she can. "The good Lord...

Mayor's Committee holds annual luncheon

kballard@newsargus.com On Thursday, the Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities hosted the annual awards luncheon at the Herman Park Center. "These awards are indicative of our community as a whole," said Andrew Bernard, Vice Commander of the 4th Fighter Wing....

Saturday, October 18, 2014

One-stop voting begins Thursday

One-stop voting begins Thursday for mid-term elections, and to accommodate early voters, the county is opening five one-stop voting sites. One-stop voting (often referred to as early voting) allows voters to cast their ballots before Election Day, which is...

Delbridge running for District Attorney

Matt Delbridge admits to being a reluctant candidate for district attorney. But after serving 31 years as an assistant district attorney, Delbridge said he could not just walk away from his obligations to the office. It was almost four...

Seymour Johnson's great-granddaughter visits base

It was Jaime Thompson's first time at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, but it felt like coming home. The great-granddaughter of the installation's namesake traveled to Goldsboro Friday to tour the base -- and to learn more about a...

County meeting set for Tuesday

Wayne County commissioners Tuesday will consider enacting an ordinance regulating parking in and around the county courthouse. The ordinance would apply to county-owned parking spaces on the Courthouse Square, the parking lot on the east side of William Street...

Jazz on George set for Oct. 25

Get ready for an afternoon of jazz and much more during the annual Jazz on George event Oct. 25. It will be held in the 100 block of North George Street from 1 to 6 p.m. Featured performers will be...

Heart Walk unfolds in Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Just days after 9-year-old Zephyr Cazeault was told she would not need any more surgeries for a congenital heart defect, she was ready to tackle Saturday's three-mile Heart Walk. But she wasn't walking for herself. "I...

Dancing Stars

Before the first dance step was learned or the first vote was cast, Brandi Strickland's enthusiasm for Dancing Stars of Wayne County was apparent. "I could not wait to do this because the stage is my home," she said...

Friday, October 17, 2014

McCain makes stop for veterans forum

Taking care of veterans, protecting the state's military installations and finding ways to mitigate sequestration are issues that North Carolina's next U.S. senator needs to make sure Congress understands. Congress also needs to understand that now is not the...

Life without parole

Moments after a jury convicted Gary Metzger of first-degree murder for his role in the 2011 strangulation of his sister, Jean Hubbard, Wayne County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones sentenced the man to life in prison without...

Gone; not forgotten

Nate and Hope Stephens' baby daughter, Natalie, died during delivery in April 2011. They went on to have another child, Noah, who turned 2 this past May. Rachel Sikorski recently marked the one-year anniversary since her baby, William, died....

Longtime school official will retire

Dr. Sandra McCullen, associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Wayne County Public Schools, will retire effective Dec. 1. The 42-year veteran educator made the announcement to her staff Thursday afternoon. It was "sad but exciting," she said. "I'm...

Mount Olive Area Heart Walk culminates Saturday morning

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Area Heart Walk gets under way Saturday morning at the Mt. Olive Pickle Co. headquarters. The morning begins with registration at 8 a.m. and a brief program, with the walk itself starting around...

New charges filed in case

New charges have been filed in a breaking and entering case from May 20. Jesus Alberto Marcia, 17, of 210 Arrowhead Lane, Dudley, was charged with second degree burglary, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods....

She learned it's OK to lean

Medical office manager Phyllis Parrish had been working at Wayne Radiation Oncology for 17 years when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. She was 51 years old. "I never imagined that I would be the patient instead...

Grills light up at Southern Wayne for sanctioned Pigskin Cook-Off

DUDLEY -- The Southern Wayne Saints Booster Club's Pigskin Cook-Off, a N.C. Pork Council-sanctioned competition, will be held this weekend. The winner from a field of 10 teams will represent Southern Wayne High School at the 2015 North Carolina...

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