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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Mount Olive lights up

MOUNT OLIVE -- Hundreds gathered Friday night to watch as the 3,200 Christmas lights on the town's radio tower blazed into life for the first time this season. They stayed to listen to a performance by the Mount Olive Middle...

Hooping it up

MOUNT OLIVE -- They ran. They passed basketballs. They dribbled and took shots at the basket. Some even tried to go one on one with University of Mount Olive basketball players. And they did it all within a wide range...

Wayne County man charged with rape of a child

Authorities arrested a man Wednesday accused of raping a child over a three-year period.Matthew Gordon Williams, 30, of 4220 Stevens Mill Road, is charged with first-degree sexual offense of a child, indecent liberties with a child, three counts of incest...

Top education leaders hold panel discussion

Wayne County's top three education leaders Wednesday were questioned about issues ranging from cooperation and collaboration, the state budget and coping with rapidly changing technologies. Dr. Michael Dunsmore, Wayne County Public Schools superintendent; Dr. Philip Kerstetter, University of Mount Olive...

Library commemoration inspires local recollections of Pearl Harbor

An 11-year-old William Teague didn't really know what to make of what he had just heard on the radio. But as he and his brother sat in the back seat of the family car on the way home that...

Empty Stocking Fund

* Bobbie H. Jacobs, $25, in memory of William H. Jacobs * Bobbie H. Jacobs, $25, in memory of Roland and Geraldine Hunter * Kellie and Steve West, $50, in loving memory of Jack Weir, Rudolph West, Brent West and...

Racial makeup of schools not a new point of concern

The Wayne County public school system remains under review by the United States Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights over a 2009 NAACP Title VI complaint alleging that racial disparities across 26 of the 33 schools in the...

Disparity at issue in schools

Wayne County Public Schools is moving forward with a new application process in the lottery system used to select students at Wayne School of Engineering and Wayne Early/Middle College High School. The method whereby students are chosen to attend...

Hardee's robbed at gunpoint

The Goldsboro Police Department is investigating an early morning armed robbery at a fast food restaurant off of Wayne Memorial Drive. The incident took place around 6:50 a.m. at the Hardee's at 1109 11th St., where officers are collecting evidence...

Colder weather coming

Temperatures in the Wayne County area are expected to plunge into the upper 20s tonight after a week of relatively mild weather. Those same temperatures are predicted to drop even further, into the lower 20s, on Friday night, according to...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Teen charged in Wednesday morning stabbing incident

Police arrested and charged a 13-year-old boy today in connection with Wednesday morning's reported stabbing at the Royal Grande Laundry Mat at 2607 Royall Ave. Officers found the teen near the laundromat following an investigation of the scene. Maj. Anthony...

Remembering Pearl Harbor

The Empire of Japan accomplished its mission in the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 1941. After moving a massive fleet that included six aircraft carriers undetected across the vast Pacific Ocean, it staged a devastating surprise attack that...

Section of U.S. 70 dedicated to Grey Bailey

Millie Bailey paused several times to wipe away tears Tuesday afternoon as she thanked those responsible for dedicating a section of U.S. 70 West as Grey Bailey Highway in memory of her husband, Grey. "This road dedication has been...

WCC's Fine Arts Festival to be Thursday evening

This year's Winter Fine Arts Festival at Wayne Community College takes on a slight twist -- it will also include "WCC's Got Talent." The public is invited to the free event Thursday evening in Moffatt Auditorium, said Brad Collier, music...

Lawsuit challenges 20-week abortion ban

Various women's health groups filed a federal lawsuit Nov. 30 in an attempt to overturn a measure passed by the state legislature in 2015 that severely limits the exceptions to the 20-week ban on abortions. North Carolina physicians along...

Empty Stocking Fund

* H.G. Moore III & Associates, $100 * Bert and Frances Allen, $50, in memory of Richard and David Wayne * Dennis Bunn, $2,000, in memory of Clement and Christine Bunn * Dennis Bunn, $200, in memory of Deborah Bunn...

Slew of vehicle break-ins reported

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating a slew of motor vehicle break-ins reported in Pikeville Monday morning. Seven reports were filed from 5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. stating vehicles were entered sometime between Sunday night and the next...

Pikeville board OKs library funding

PIKEVILLE -- The Pikeville Town Board approved additional funding for a new library security system at its meeting Monday night, adding $910 to the previously approved $2,000 security budget to account for extra surveillance both inside and outside the...

Harris Teeter gas station expected to open in January

Construction of a new Harris Teeter gas station should be finished this month with a planned January opening on Wayne Memorial Drive. A specific opening date has not been determined for the Goldsboro location, one of a handful of Harris...

Cliffs of the Neuse gets three new park rangers

After having no official park rangers during the summer months and into the fall, Cliffs of the Neuse State Park now has three new rangers. Eric Siratt is the senior ranger and Adam Pharr and Eryn Staib are the two...

Flotilla, tree lighting to be Friday

Christmas will go on at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park despite the flooding and many downed trees caused by Hurricane Matthew back in October. The park's annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Flotilla is scheduled for Friday beginning at...

Several cars broken into in Pikeville

Update ---- This is an updated version of the initial report to include the streets on which the motor-vehicle break-ins where reported.The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating a slew of motor vehicle break-ins reported in Pikeville Monday morning.  Seven...

Goldsboro police investigate early morning stabbing

Police are investigating an early morning stabbing that took place before 7 a.m. at The Royal Grande Laundry Mat. Sgt. Dale Foster said police responded to a call of a woman being stabbed at the laundromat, located at 2607...

Christmas parades Saturday and Sunday

There will be two Christmas parades held in Wayne County this weekend. The Pikeville Christmas Parade, postponed from last Saturday because of bad weather, will be held this Saturday, starting at 2 p.m. The Eureka Christmas Parade will be held...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Board approves events fees

Organizers of most special events attracting 500 or more people in Wayne County will now have to secure a permit from the county. They will be required as well to pay a fee to cover the cost of county...

Pate, Gurley to lead board

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners have a new chairman and vice chairman, as commissioners Bill Pate and Joe Gurley were elected to the respective positions Monday morning. Pate had been serving since last December as vice chairman. Joe Daughtery...

Transportation Authority offers later bus route hours for residents

Residents interested in making evening trips to Walmart, Berkeley Mall or Wayne Memorial Hospital will get the chance with later bus route hours planned for the Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority. Three bus routes, including two of the most popular, will...

Three sworn in to serve on board of education

The makeup of the Wayne County Board of Education changed again Monday night, as three members were sworn in and new leadership was elected. Judge Ericka James was on hand to install the recently elected members, all of whom...

Empty Stocking Fund

* Sadie Whitfield, $100, in memory of late parents and niece Marlene Whitfield Hill * William King, $25, in memory of Harvey and Mary McPhail * William King, $25, in memory of Eddie and Martha White King * William King,...

Laid to rest

When diagnosed with a life-threatening illness like cancer, a person must make a choice. They can give up, accept that their life is over and let the illness define them. Or they can fight, unceasingly and without apology, to see...

Some city bus routes to extend hours

Goldsboro residents interested in making evening trips to Walmart, the Berkeley Mall or Wayne Memorial Hospital will get the chance with later bus route hours planned for the Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority. Three bus routes, including two of the most popular,...

Monday, December 5, 2016

Two Florida men, one local arrested on drug and gun charges

Authorities arrested three men on various drug and gun charges Friday night after a traffic stop at the intersection of James and Workman Streets. According to arrest reports, Jermaine Antonio Godard, Charles Edward Fryar Jr. and Tyre Jaquan Newkirk were...

Gov. McCrory concedes

Update ---- Cooper responds to McCrory's concessionGov. Pat McCrory conceded the North Carolina governor's race in a video message this afternoon, throwing full support behind governor-elect Roy Cooper. In his statement, he said he believed that voters had spoken and...

ACE Team nets three arrests

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team arrested three people on various drug charges while working several areas of the county Saturday. An investigation into the illegal distribution of narcotics in the Hickory Hills area of Wayne...

Charles B. Aycock High School automotive program wins second in national competition

The Charles B. Aycock High School automotive program wound up in second place in the national Quaker State "Best in Class Challenge." The school had been one of 55 schools in the nation vying for the opportunity to win...

Public asked to weigh in on tankers

Wayne County residents are being encouraged to attend a Thursday, Dec. 15, public hearing on the U.S. Air Force's proposal to base a reserve squadron of 12 of the new state-of-the-art KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft at Seymour Johnson Air...

Kitty Askins moves back

Kitty Askins staff and patients, displaced since flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, are back home on Wayne Memorial Drive. Patients and staff returned Friday, said Mary Bartlett, vice president for finance and CFO at 3HC. The forced...

Angels in Wayne: U.S. Navy demonstration team Blue Angels visit SJAFB

The Blue Angels are one of only two flight demonstration squadrons in the American military, flying the F/A-18 Hornet in tight formations and performing acrobatic maneuvers at air shows all across the country.  On Friday, two Blue Angels arrived at...

Rain expected throughout the day, temperature highs in the upper 50s

There will be a chance of rain throughout the morning with the skies clearing up slightly for a partly sunny afternoon. The temperatures won't be as cool as they were over the weekend reaching in the upper 50s today. North...

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