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Sunday, January 25, 2015

YMCA Father Daughter Dance to be held Feb. 7

kballard@newsargus.com Alando Mitchell loves to dance with his daughters. He gathers the three of them up and they sway and glide at the same time. The quartet will show off their skills at the Goldsboro Family YMCA's Father-Daughter Dance Feb....

Wayne County Reads kicks off this week

As part of the annual Wayne County Reads program, Wayne Community College will sponsor a talk this week on the state of the world's food supply. Dr. John M. O'Sullivan will speak on "Food Issues Present and Future" at...

Miss Goldsboro crowned

An enthusiastic crowd of more than 350 citizens of Wayne County and surrounding areas were on hand Saturday night at the Paramount Theatre in Goldsboro to witness the crowning of Miss Goldsboro 2015, Victoria Baskett. Moments after receiving her crown,...

Help sought in finding missing LaGrange teen

The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to help locate a missing teenager from the LaGrange area. On Nov. 20, Mikayla Alvarado boarded the school bus to her high school and arrived at school, but left the school...

Golden LEAF scholarships available

The Golden LEAF Scholarship Program will award up to 215 grants, each valued at of $12,000 ($3,000 per year for up to four years) for the 2015-16 academic year. These scholarships are made possible through a grant from the...

Gianna-Lorenn is 5-year-old star

kballard@newsargus.com Tami Singleton did not realize there was anything different about her daughter Gianna-Lorenn. She is typical 5-year-old. She rides her bike, plays in her child-sized kitchen and uses her dad as a human jungle-gym. But when she sang along...

Food, fellowship and field trials at Albertson Fox Hunt

sherring@newsargus.com ALBERTSON -- It has been nearly 70 years since a small group of people first got together in this rural Duplin County community to hold a fox hunt and meal to celebrate the George Washington's birthday. Dog trials replaced...

Civil War spy Greenhow portrayed

The Goldsboro Rifles camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will present Kelly Atkins Hinson portraying Civil War spy Rose O'Neal Greenhow at the Wayne County Museum on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. The legendary Greenhow, known as "Wild...

Automated garbage trucks on their way

esmith@newsargus.com Fullu automated garbage trucks are on their way-- and ahead of schedule, the city public works director told members of Goldsboro City Council this week. Jose Martinez said the trucks, called "one-arm bandits," will replace three older trucks --...

Art of Fashion show Feb. 27

The Arts Council of Wayne County is hosting its first Art of Fashion show. The show will be featuring local designers, boutiques, jewelers, photographers, stylists and models. Many garments and accessories featured are handmade by local artists. This event is...

Non-emergency 911 calls a concern

sherring@newsargus.com It would be impossible to eliminate all non-emergency calls that tie up Wayne County's 911 system, county commissioners learned this past week. Commissioners ordered a study of the emergency communication system, and the consulting firm tasked with the job...

Friday, January 23, 2015

Two hunters rescued after boat capsizes

Search and rescue teams were called in early this morning after a boat capsized in the Neuse River off Ferry Bridge Road, throwing two duck hunters into the water. The men were able to swim to safety but were...

Contestants will compete for crown

Miss Goldsboro 2015 will be crowned Saturday night at the Paramount Theatre. Seven contestants will vie for the title, with three others competing in the Outstanding Teen category. Tickets for the pageant, which starts at 7 p.m., are currently...

Chamber of Commerce stuns 2015 Cornerstone Award recipient Emily Weil

Emily Weil's first thought when she saw the photograph of herself projected onto the large screen at the Walnut Creek Country Club was where in the world had someone been able to find it. "It was total amazement," she...

Council tables plan for complex

Just as quickly as plans for an affordable housing complex in downtown Goldsboro were proposed to city leaders, the plans have been canceled -- at least for now. After an outcry of mixed responses to the project rattled through...

shoe designer dies

Shoe designer Vince Camuto, Nine West co-founder, dies at 78 Eds: Raises reference to Camuto being Nine West Group co-founder. Adds details to headlines. Legendary women's footwear designer Vince Camuto, who co-founded shoe company Nine West Group, has died...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pikeville starts search for new chief

PIKEVILLE -- Town commissioners will be interviewing five candidates to fill the vacant police chief position Friday. The board will meet in a closed session to speak with each of the five potential hires. Mayor Glenn Hartman said he...

Tractor-trailer tumbles

Traffic toward U.S. 117 was rerouted from A Street to North George Street for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon after a tractor-trailer overturned at the corner of A Street and Florida Street. Goldsboro police Sgt. Doug Bethea said...

WCC takes over site

The lights and water are already on, and work will begin next week on the first phase of a Wayne Community College project that will turn the former Cooper Bussmann building into the college's Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence....

Goldsboro pilot crashes plane in Grantham field

GRANTHAM -- A Goldsboro pilot escaped injury Wednesday afternoon around 5:30 p.m. when a mechanical problem forced him to attempt an emergency landing of his one-seat ultra-light aircraft in a field near Grantham. The aircraft, piloted by Ronnie Allen,...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

County tables funding vote

Wayne County commissioners were quick to say Tuesday that they support the Special Olympics. But they refused a request to provide financial support for the organization, at least for the time being. Instead, they said, the organization and the...

Council votes to repair sewer system

Goldsboro will begin implementing a rehabilitation plan to repair trouble spots in its sanitary sewer lines throughout the city after City Council approved the project Tuesday night. Instead of entering into an agreement with the engineering firm of McKim...

WCC Small Business Center marks 30th anniversary

For 30 years, the Small Business Center at Wayne Community College has been providing support and assistance to start-ups and fledgling entrepreneurs, with the director crediting its longevity to partnerships between the college and community as well as economic...

Suspect caught in traffic stop

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team stopped a Wilson man traveling through the county Sunday and found marijuana in the vehicle, according to a press release. Joshua Michael Jordell Nelson, 30, of 3716 Lear Court NW...

Fremont in good financial shape

FREMONT -- The Fremont Board of Aldermen Tuesday night received a clean bill of health regarding the town's financial statements from 2014. Andrew Harris, auditor for the town of Fremont for the previous six years, said the books were...

Crime of the week

On Nov. 21, 2014, and Dec. 5, 2014, occupied residences located in the 100 Block of East Smith Street in Pikeville were intentionally set on fire. Both fires resulted the structure sustained minimal damage. The Pikeville Police Department and the...

Arts Council makes push to raise funds

The Arts Council of Wayne County is halfway to its goal of $45,000 for its annual fund drive, which ends June 30. Director Sarah Merritt said the nonprofit has an annual operating budget of $290,000, and the fund drive...

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