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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Internet gaming request draws ire

A request to open an internet sweepstakes parlor on East Ash Street in a residential area of the city drew opposition from residents during a Monday public hearing. Michael Carroll is seeking a conditional-use permit allowing the opening of the...

Grand jury indicts man for murder

A Wayne County grand jury indicted a Mount Olive man on a second-degree murder charge this month in the October 2016 motor vehicle death of a Virginia woman. Scott St. John Painter, 53, of 988 Bethel Church Road, crossed the...

Student's heart is in the right place

A fourth-grader at Northwest Elementary School got creative with this year's school fundraiser -- using Facebook and pitting competitive aunts and uncles against each other, she raised more than $1,300 for the American Heart Association. Piper Blizzard, 9, had been...

Sorority sponsors heart walk

Gene Thomas loves his sweets -- and barbecue. But the 63-year-old retiree joined his wife Saturday morning at Berkeley Mall for some walking and healthy eating. Thomas and his wife Denise walked inside the mall with 29 other Goldsboro Alumnae...

Local gadfly Tom Drew passes

Tom Drew, who spent decades vexing local politicians with lengthy, rambling philosophical question and comments, was found dead at his residence Saturday by Goldsboro police. Tuesday, Wayne County commissioners said that while they often disagreed with Drew that he still...

Board of Education discusses policies

The Wayne County Board of Education discussed changes to several policies at its monthly work session Tuesday, policies which the board will vote on at its March meeting. Several policies passed through without much discussion. A new policy that designates...

Man accidentally shoots self in leg

A man accidentally shot himself while holstering his weapon Monday afternoon, according to a report filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. The report said 61-year-old Jeffrey Ralph was holstering his gun and shot himself in his right thigh around...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dollar General on U.S. 13 North robbed at gunpoint Monday night

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating a Monday night armed robbery of the Dollar General at 2254 U.S. 13 North. According to an incident report filed with the sheriff's office, two black men entered the business around 7:50 p.m....

Wayne County Library closes due to water main break

Wayne County Public Library Goldsboro branch is closed today because of a water main break that has made water and restrooms unavailable. The African American Poetry Program is canceled for tonight. City officials said they will notify the public when...

Warm weather leads to play and a possible early harvest

A few weeks of warm weather could potentially expose otherwise-dormant crops to a late frost, says Wayne County Cooperative Extension Director Kevin Johnson. At this time of the year, the only crop in the fields is winter wheat, which...

Tomato referendum to be held in March

The N.C. Tomato Growers Association will conduct a statewide referendum in March to continue the $20 per acre assessment on harvested commercial tomatoes. If approved, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will continue to collect the assessment....

Council approves TIGER grant

The Goldsboro City Council was divided in its decision Monday to pursue a $5 million grant agreement for downtown development. The council voted 4-3 to execute the agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation for its second Transportation Investment Generating...

Police: Armed robber arrested when he returns to crime scene looking for dropped item

Goldsboro police say the man who held a cashier at gunpoint as he robbed the Circle K gas station at 2035 U.S. 70 West early Tuesday morning returned to the scene of the crime three hours later. He was arrested...

Shots fired into county residence

A bullet cracked a woman's window early Saturday morning and lodged itself in her living room wall, according to a report filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. The report said a car went past the woman's house at 1537...

Monday, February 20, 2017

Police: Mother and son with shotgun threaten woman's life

Goldsboro police arrested a teenager and his mother Saturday after the two allegedly went to a woman's apartment and pointed a .410 shotgun at her and threatened to kill her. Cody Glenn Best, 17, of 1175 Tram Road, Mount Olive,...

Lucama man charged after contact with two girls

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office charged a man with indecent liberties with a child today after learning he was acting inappropriately with two nine-year-old girls, according to a press release. Corey Lee Kerr, 22, of Lucama, was arrested and placed...

Sheriff's Office: Florida woman smokes meth, cuts boyfriend

A Florida woman cut a man she has been dating for a week after she started smoking methamphetamine in a car parked near Buckhorne Road and Old Grantham Road Sunday evening, a report filed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office...

Two charged in drug activity

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested two people on various drug charges after serving a search warrant at their residence Saturday. Quinton Edwin Moye, 26, of 131 Woodside Circle, is charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver...

Barbara Price sets up scholarship to remember late daughter's legacy

MOUNT OLIVE -- The late Suzanna H. Weil had a passion to help others. As a tribute to that passion, and to keep alive Mrs. Weil's memory, her mother, Barbara Price, established the Suzanna Bel Hinson Weil Endowed Scholarship...

County to discuss hazard mitigation

Applications are still being accepted from Wayne County residents for assistance under the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management Hurricane Matthew Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Nearly 300 applications have been received thus far, and county planner Chip Crumpler will...

Printing a path to learning

Walking into the STEM lab at Norwayne Middle School, it's difficult to tell who is having more fun -- the teacher or the students. Paul Casey, technology education instructor there for the past eight years, enthuses about the "new toys"...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Man drives truck into optical center

Most Sunday mornings, James Davis, 77, of Goldsboro has breakfast at Kathy's Kitchen, a local restaurant tucked inside a strip mall in a shopping center adjacent to the Food Lion on East Ash Street.He normally parks in the center row...

Commissioners, lawmakers meet

During their annual planning retreat in January, Wayne County commissioners worried that county taxpayers are picking up the tab for medical care for Cherry Hospital patients jailed for committing a crime at the hospital. Friday morning they voiced those...

Ag center work on schedule

The $20 million Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center remains on schedule to open March 1, 2018. The public can view the progress on the center by going to Wayne County website, waynegov.com, and clicking on the link for...

Wayne Community College to host speaker on history of nursing

The Wayne Community College Association of Nursing Students is hosting a free presentation on the history of nursing in North Carolina. Dr. Phoebe Pollitt, an associate professor of nursing at Appalachian State University, will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at...

Wayne Community College adult classes start Monday

Wayne Community College Continuing Education has several classes starting soon that teach occupational skills. *Nail Technology will be taught Mondays through Thursdays, Feb. 20-June 16, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., or Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 24-July 22, from 9 a.m. until...

Albertson fox hunt raises $15,000

ALBERTSON -- Nearly 550 people ate barbecue and fish stew, while 240 deer dogs trained to hunt at the annual Washington's Day Fox and Dog Trials Saturday morning. Ruritan Willie Rouse, 79, cooked up his famous rockfish stew at...

The art of tai chi

You start off holding the ball, then go into repulse monkey and brush knee, ending with golden rooster stands on one leg. As strange as they sound, each of these moves is part of a tai chi form and...

Railroad crossing closed for repairs

CSX Railroad had scheduled a number of crossings in Goldsboro for repair. The work will require rerouting traffic and detour signs will be erected to direct motorists. Crossings normally are closed for one to three days, depending upon the...

Goldsboro men members of black Civil War unit

A program on the little-known 135th U.S. Colored Troops, formed in Goldsboro in March of 1865, will be presented Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Wayne County Public Library. More than 1,100 men were recruited to the unit during Gen....

Thousands in tools reported stolen

According to a Goldsboro police report, large amounts of tools were stolen Wednesday at two different locations. A man informed the police someone stole $1,325 worth of tools including drills, bits, a soldering iron, an impact socket, a gear wrench,...

Mount Olive town board race grows crowded early on

MOUNT OLIVE -- Four candidates have announced their intentions to run for the town board even though filing does not begin until July. District 4 town Commissioner Joe Scott has announced he will run for mayor in the November...

Rebuilding the family business

Russell Aycock still has business cards on his desk that were singed by an eight-alarm fire that destroyed his family business in August 2015. "I guess I'm sentimental about some things," Aycock said. "I've got my new cards, but...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mall store lockdown a false alarm

A lockdown at Berkeley Mall today proved to be a misunderstanding, but the Goldsboro Police Department is thankful for a citizen's concern. Capt. LeAnn Rabun said a call came out at 1:30 p.m. from a woman who told officers a...

Wreck sends two teens to hospital

PIKEVILLE -- Two teenage girls were taken to the hospital Saturday for minor injuries after the driver loss control of her truck and smashed into a ditch. Leeza Puckett, 16, and her 14-year-old passenger were heading south on Pikeville-Princeton Road in...

City to consider $5M federal grant to continue downtown improvements

The Goldsboro City Council is set to consider a $5 million federal transportation grant agreement Monday that will jumpstart continued improvements to the downtown area. The U.S. Department of Transportation agreement outlines details and timelines, as well as the costs,...

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