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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Schools to host open houses

Open house and orientation events for Wayne County Public Schools will be held later this week, in preparation for classes which resume next Monday, Aug. 29. Three schools in the district -- Goldsboro High, Wayne School of Engineering and...

Confusion sparked over skateboarding downtown

Goldsboro police officers have begun stopping skateboarders in downtown Goldsboro after downtown merchants reportedly lodged complaints against skaters with the police department, but there is confusion over whether or not there is a specific city ordinance preventing skating downtown....

Serena Inn raid results in five arrests

Saturday's raid at the Serena Inn in Goldsboro at 708 Corporate Drive where officers executed search warrants on 12 rooms resulted in five people being arrested and charged with crimes. The five people charged with crimes lived in four...

Rep. John Bell seeks majority leader seat

Republican District 10 state Rep. John Bell of Goldsboro is a candidate to complete Rep. Mike Hager's unexpired term as the Republican House majority leader. Bell Monday afternoon said that he thinks the past two years he spent as...

Dillard Middle School opens Oasis courtyard

Students at Dillard Middle are getting dirty in order to clean up their school and community. Principal Sonja Emerson welcomed people to the school Monday for the Oasis courtyard ribbon cutting ceremony. Lowe's Hometown Heroes members helped students construct...

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sixteen cadets graduate from BLET program

Wayne Community College graduated its 68th Basic Law Enforcement Training, BLET, class during recent ceremonies. The 16 cadets who completed the college's academy received certificates to work as sworn law enforcement officers in North Carolina. Certificates were conferred on...

Inmate caught after prison escape

MAURY -- Greene County sheriff's deputies captured escaped inmate Waylon Flynn at about 8:30 this morning in the woods just a few miles from Greene Correctional Center. Flynn, 37, had been on the run since Saturday night when he went...

Law enforcement searches 12 rooms at Serena Inn

Law enforcement officers from various local and state agencies executed search warrants on 12 rooms at the Serena Inn in Goldsboro at 708 Corporate Drive Saturday night just after 8. Saturday night's operation was law enforcement's reaction to six...

Central Heights Community Outreach hosts meeting to talk road conditions and crime

Members of the Central Heights Community Outreach organization met at Central Heights Free Will Baptist Church, located at 3202 Ervin Drive, Saturday morning to present concerns about potholes, crime and new housing developments to Mayor Chuck Allen, City Manager...

911 call center project proceeds

Plans for a new 911 call center are proceeding even though Wayne County commissioners are considering the addition of an emergency operations center to the project. The addition was suggested by Commissioner Joe Gurley, the county's former Office of...

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Two are wounded in Mount Olive shooting

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive police are investigating a Friday night shooting that injured two men, one of whom remains under care at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. The two men were shot just before 11 p.m. Friday night...

Rouzer represents Wayne in Congress

Republican District 7 U.S. Rep. David Rouzer is campaigning on the platform that the current legislative system is not a truly representative government, and for the voters in Wayne County, he would be right because no voter in the county...

Hog producers work hard at protecting environment

The recent release of online maps that pinpoint the location of every hog and poultry farm in North Carolina fails to paint an accurate picture of the hog industry, farmers and industry leaders say. "It's nothing new for our industry,"...

Herman Park design meeting Aug. 29

The city of Goldsboro will host a public meeting for residents interested in the design of a new Herman Park Recreation Center. The recreation advisory committee of the Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department will offer the public meeting on...

County wants lottery funds back

Wayne County commissioners on Tuesday morning said they could understand why the state might raid the education lottery fund during a tough budget year, but that does not mean they have to like it. They also expressed frustration that...

County Classic kicks off Friday at GHS-EWHS game

The first-ever Wayne County Classic kicks off at Goldsboro High School Friday during a football matchup between the Cougars and the Eastern Wayne Warriors. Teenagers will have a chance to meet law enforcement and military recruiters at the game...

Wayne Community College starts semester

The fall semester at Wayne Community College kicked off Thursday, with a preliminary head count of 3,312. Officials said the enrollment is expected to increase, as registration was extended, as well as upcoming 12-week courses that begin mid-September and...

Teresa Hines to head UMO advancement team

MOUNT OLIVE -- Teresa Hines of Mount Olive has been appointed interim vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Mount Olive. Her responsibilities will include providing leadership and direction in all the advancement efforts of the university,...

Teenager charged in robbery

A 19-year-old was arrested Thursday in connection with the July 11 armed robbery of the Handy Mart at 2495 U.S. 13 North. Ervin Lee Waters Jr., 19, of 133 Mill Creek Court, was arrested and charged with attempted first degree...

Statutory rape charge is filed

A Goldsboro man was arrested Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 10-year-old child. Kenneth Lee Williams, 30, of 1713 Palm St., was arrested and charged with one count of statutory rape after police received a report of Williams sexually...

Johnston Register of Deeds Office to issue 'Thank a Vet' card

SMITHFIELD -- The Johnston County Register of Deeds Office has announced a new program to encourage veterans to record their DD214 document. In addition to recording their certificate of discharge, the office will issue the veterans a Johnston County Register...

Founding father exhibit opens Saturday

NEW BERN -- The life and work of North Carolina's first native-born governor and a signer of the U.S. Constitution, Richard Dobbs Spaight, will be on display in the form of a variety of letters, images and objects in Tryon...

'Elvis' wows United Way crowd

Sandy Light turned 53 Friday and wanted to celebrate her birthday with the king of rock 'n' roll. So she and her sister attended the United Way of Wayne County's Elvis benefit concert at the Paramount Theatre. To hear...

Duke Energy Foundation presents educational grant

The Duke Energy Foundation presented the Eastern North Carolina Employers and Superintendents Council with a grant for $75,000 earlier this month. Millie Chalk, Duke Energy district manager of government and community relations, presented the ENCESC with a check at their...

City looks to form stormwater committee

City of Goldsboro leaders could consider adopting a new stormwater utility fee depending on recommendations from a future stormwater stakeholder committee. The city is currently accepting applications for the committee, planned to include 15 members representing homeowners, businesses, churches and...

Bentonville artillery program Aug. 27

FOUR OAKS--The sounds of artillery and musket fire will once again ring out at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site. The annual summer artillery living history program will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 am. until 4 p.m. Costumed living...

Beekeepers of the Neuse hold awareness event

Yes, bees sting and yes, the stings hurt. But guests at the annual National Honey Bee Day Celebration at Old Waynesborouogh Park on Saturday learned that honey bees are extremely important for food and health -- and all kinds...

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