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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...

Friday, October 24, 2014

Wayne County to be first to get career readiness certification

pmoore@newsargus.com Wayne County is poised to become the first county in the state to attain a National Career Readiness Certificate, or NCRC, says Diane Ivey, executive director of the Wayne Business and Industry Center at Wayne Community College. The NCRC...

Pikeville police chief resigns

mharrell@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- Police Chief Joe Sadler has resigned. Mayor Glenn Hartman confirmed that the lawman's resignation letter was dated Sept. 30 and the effective date of his resignation is Oct. 31. But the reason Sadler's is leaving the post...

A heart full of the will to thrive

pmoore@newsargus.com Peggy Southerland had such a strong family history of breast cancer that she was almost expecting to receive the diagnosis herself. "For some strange reason, I always knew deep down that I would have breast cancer," she said. "I...

Arrest made in shooting

jjoyce@newsargus.com A day after announcing to the public the identity of an attempted murder suspect, Goldsboro police have their man. Tacarous Monquez Peterson, 21, is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and is currently being held in the...

Uchiyama America is honored as Wayne's Industry of the Year

sherring@newsargus.com The Wayne County Development Alliance honored two local companies Thursday as part of its annual Industry Celebration luncheon at the Goldsboro Country Club. Uchiyama America earned Wayne County Industry of the Year honors, while Turner Equipment Co. received the...

First day of early voting sees large turnout

sherring@newsargus.com More than 2,200 ballots were cast in Wayne County on Thursday during the first day of one-stop voting, prior to the mid-term general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The 2,221 ballots cast at the county's five early-voting sites fell...

Pate running for re-election to state Senate

By STEVE HERRING sherring@newsargus.com Medicaid reform, lottery and highway funding, and taxes are among the major issues the new General Assembly will face when it convenes in January. Republican Sen. Louis Pate, 78, of Mount Olive, says his experience and...

Anderson seeks District 7 state Senate seat

Whoever is elected to the District 7 seat in the state Senate needs to be independent because he is there for the entire district and not a select group, Erik Anderson says. Anderson, 34, a Winterville Democrat, is challenging Republican...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

School district: Substitute violated rules

pmoore@newsargus.com A Wayne County substitute teacher was removed from the public school system's call list last week after a video of her trying to break up a fight at Goldsboro High School surfaced on Facebook. Janet Barnes, a veteran teacher,...

Teams to visit 100 N.C. firms

pmoore@newsargus.com A team of workforce development partners has been visiting local businesses to discuss the challenges related to finding and retaining top quality employees. The effort is part of an initiative announced in the spring by Gov. Pat McCrory --...

Residents to get light petition signed

sherring@newsargus.com Wayne County commissioners Tuesday morning took the first step toward getting the street lights shining again in the de-annexed area north of Goldsboro. However, whether those lights go back on is the responsibility of the property owners in that...

SJAFB airman cited for giving policeman 'wet Willy'

kfine@newsargus.com A Seymour Johnson Air Force Base airman who was charged with a felony while on leave for allegedly giving a Minnesota police officer a "wet Willie" entered a guilty plea Monday on a lesser charge and was released. Riley...

Groups supports substitute teacher

jjoyce@newsargus.com More than 1,300 signatures have been collected online on a petition seeking to reinstate Janet Barnes, a Wayne County substitute teacher relieved of her duties last week for allegedly violating policy while breaking up a fight at Goldsboro High...

Local chili chefs ready for Saturday cookoff

bbarlay@newsargus.com Wayne County cooks are getting their secret recipes ready for the 16th annual Really Chili Challenge. It will take place Saturday in the parking lot next to the Flying Shamrock. The event is a fundraiser for the Community Soup...

Woven creations: Basket weaving gives senior with back pain a break

kballard@newsargus.com Seven years ago, Ingrid Quick could not move. She was unable to twist or bend. Her days -- and nights -- were spent in bed, recovering from a spinal fusion. Basket weaving, she said, kept her sane. To pass...

Sen. Hagan makes stop on campaign swing

sherring@newsargus.com More than 60 people, mostly senior citizens, crowded into a back room at Wilber's Barbecue Tuesday afternoon to listen as Sen. Kay Hagan pledged her support of Medicare, Social Security and other programs for senior citizens. Ms. Hagan, a...

Property crime down in Fremont, police chief says

esmith@newsargus.com FREMONT -- Fremont has seen a drop in crime over the past two years, the town's police chief told the Town Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night. "I feel good about the overall shape of the department and...

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