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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fire damages new Cherry Hospital complex

A diesel generator used to power a building caught fire during elevator stress tests being conducted at the new Cherry Hospital this afternoon -- a blaze that caused more than $200,000 in damages. For complete details, see Thursday's News-Argus....

Secretary of transportation makes stop in Wayne County

MOUNT OLIVE -- Choice is the watchword for transportation in the 21st century and for the U.S. that means focusing not on a highway trust fund, but rather on a wider transportation trust fund that looks at more than...

Stevens: Goldsboro economy improving

Goldsboro is steadily growing, city officials say, and the figures, although not spectacular, back up the assertion. The city's tax base has grown from $1.7 billion in 2004 to $2.2 billion last year, with the figure estimated to be...

Goldsboro Police Department tracks series of shootings

The Goldsboro Police Department is working to determine whether a string of shootings that began Tuesday afternoon and carried on through early this morning are connected. The shootings spanned from East Ash Street to Wayne Memorial Drive to North...

Alliance names new leader

Crystal Gettys, who for the last seven years has worked with the Lincoln Economic Development Association, has been named the new president of the Wayne County Development Alliance. She will assume her new duties on Dec. 1. The announcement...

It's a scream

MOUNT OLIVE -- Before Friday night, I thought I was brave. I survived Scarowinds. I watch crime shows. I even, on occasion, kill bugs. So before I, and News-Argus photographer Melissa Key, arrived at the Marr Branch haunted house --...

Local lawmen offer tips to parents

As Halloween approaches, officials from Goldsboro and Wayne County said they will be keeping a close eye on the events set to unfold Friday. And local lawmen, who have set a 6 to 8 p.m. trick-or-treat time, are urging...

Judge says experience gives him edge in Court of Appeals election

Experience, education and knowledge are what Judge John M. Tyson says set him apart from the other 18 candidates for a seat on the state Court of Appeals. Tyson, 61, has previously served a full eight-year term on the...

Animal-related crashes up in Wayne

Deer are a common sight along Stony Creek Parkway either standing at the wood line or along the edge of the street. But that tranquil scene can quickly turn deadly when the deer bolt into traffic. In recent weeks...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Majesty Rose set to launch YouTube page

When the "American Idol" tour wrapped in August, contestant Majesty Rose didn't just go back to her normal life in Goldsboro. During her stint as part of the Season 13's Top 10, she used her time wisely -- making...

More than 7,200 have voted

More than 7,200 ballots have been cast in one-stop, or early voting, through Monday prior to the mid-term general election that will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4. All of the county's polling places will be open on Election Day...

Wayne Community College hosts talk by Mexican consul

Wayne Community College will host a talk by a Mexican diplomat Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium. Javier Diaz de Leon, who assumed the post of Consul General in Raleigh last year, will talk about the role...

Police credit citizens for arrest of two men

The Goldsboro Police Department is crediting community involvement with helping solve a motor vehicle break-in and larceny that took place in broad day light Monday. Two men are in jail on felony larceny and other charges after citizens who...

Promotions coordinator for DGDC resigns, effective next Monday

Meg Gernaat, promotions coordinator for Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp., will no longer be working for the city of Goldsboro. "We never planned to stay put in Goldsboro," she said. "We moved with the Air Force and my husband started...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ex-HR chief files complaint

Sue Guy, who was fired earlier this month from her job as Wayne County human resources director, has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Center. The complaint, she said, is the first in a "laundry list"...

Advice from someone who has been there

Octavius Murphy does not blend in. He towers above the Dillard Middle School students as they pour into the hallway for a class change. His bright neon orange T-shirt sets him apart further. He graduated middle school a long...

Church tries to decide on its next step

With its church destroyed by fire for the second time in 77 years, a Wayne County pastor is looking for a new pasture for her flock. Salisbury AME Zion Church, located at 3948 Big Daddy's Road, burned to the...

Christmas comes early 'in the forest'

Christmas in the Forest is a one-stop place where you can enjoy a warm meal, pick up a few baked goodies to take home and do your Christmas shopping. The annual event will be Friday from 9 a.m. to...

Two charged in local vehicle break-ins

Two men residing at the Irish Inn in Goldsboro have been charged by the Goldsboro Police Department in a series of vehicle break-ins, according to a press release. Patrol officers called to the area of Sunburst Drive Sunday located...

Police look for robbery suspect

Goldsboro police captured one armed man and are searching for another after two suspects in dark clothing attempted to break into the Family Dollar at 1403 Wayne Memorial Drive as the business was closing Sunday. The subject in custody...

Wayne Community College makes 'Military Friendly' list

Wayne Community College has been named a "Military Friendly(r) School" for the fifth year. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate...

Two Wayne Memorial nurses are named to state's Top 100

Two nurses from Wayne Memorial Hospital made this year's Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina. The Great 100 Inc., an organization that recognizes nursing excellence, also provides scholarships to nursing students at all levels across the state. This is the...

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Veterans Day parade entries being sought

Entries are being sought for the Wayne County Veterans Day Parade to be held Tuesday, Nov. 11 in downtown Goldsboro. Organizers say the have the basic logistics of the parade complete and are now seeking entries. The parade will...

Tillis talks about Senate race

State House Speaker Thom Tillis says his priorities if elected to the U.S. Senate would be the same ones he has championed for the past four years, with some key national questions thrown into the mix. Tillis, a Republican,...

New eatery opening Monday

Three generations ago, his grandfather made his living on Center Street. His father did the same. Now, Ed Cogdell will follow in his father and grandfather's footsteps when his restaurant, Ed's Southern Food and Spirits, opens Monday at 105...

Pierce hopes to retain post as sheriff

jjoyce@newsargus.com It has been 10 months since Larry Pierce was asked to become Wayne County sheriff after the sudden passing of Carey Winders, the man who had occupied the job for the last 20 years. Since that day, he hasn't...

Locals prepare for Ebola

Keep calm and carry on. That is the message that health officials and emergency services personnel are sending to the community in the wake of the national scares about the deadly Ebola virus. And don't worry, Wayne County is...

Murder suspect also a fugitive

The man charged with murder for his alleged involvement of the death of Donna Simpson is also an escaped fugitive from Ohio, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said Friday. Clifton Wayne Griffin, 49, of 301 Leavie Drive is being...

'Footgolf' coming to Goldsboro

Footgolf is coming to Goldsboro. Communities in Schools of Wayne County is partnering with Goldsboro Parks and Recreation next month to host a fundraiser at the Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course -- one that will feature a version of golf...

Bike the Boro nets $500 for Boys & Girls Club

Dexter Yelverton takes a step inside the Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County and the memories start playing. He remembers the days he spent there as a teenager -- how he played in the halls. "I broke my...

Cookin' for a cause

Do you want to know the secret to an award-winning chili? "An awesome cook," said Matthew Steed, the chef behind the Really Chili Challenge first place dish. In his fourth year competing, Steed tweaked his recipe some and took home...

Barnes hopes to be next sheriff

Tanks of gas. Plates of barbecue. And signs, lots of signs. Glenn Barnes could not have been any busier in recent weeks shaking hands and spending money, all to get the vote out. Barnes, a Democrat, is banking on...

More than a hundred participate in Alzheimer's Walk

Mayor Al King had a challenge for the participants of the 12th Annual Alzheimer's Walk. He wants everybody to bring seven new people next year -- and if you need help encouraging people, he said to give him a...

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