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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Volunteers honored by WCPS

An 18-year-old aspiring teacher was named the Terry Eugene Pilkington Volunteer of the Year Award recipient for Wayne County Public Schools on Wednesday afternoon. Zach West, who graduated from Wayne Early/Middle College High School last May and is preparing...

Getting their goats (ready)

George, Daphne and Elvis are getting ready for the show. They've gotten their hair washed, cut, and whitened and their nails done. Now, they just need to stop bobbing their heads when they walk. You know? Goat problems. Meanwhile,...

Hospital locked down after woman shot in city

Wayne Memorial Hospital went into emergency lockdown for about 10 minutes Saturday after Wayne County EMS transported a woman with a gunshot wound to the emergency room following a shooting at an apartment complex Saturday. The suspect remains at...

Police, city man face off at home

Goldsboro police are releasing few details after officers engaged in a standoff with an armed man who barricaded himself inside his home on North Jefferson Street and threatened to harm himself Saturday. The subject's name has not been released....

Pikeville names new police chief

PIKEVILLE -- The town of Pikeville has a new police chief. The Pikeville Town Board agreed this week to hire Joseph Sadler, a former state Highway Patrol trooper and currently a Wayne County Sheriff's deputy, for the job. Sadler,...

Yes to parks?

With a $18.9 million Parks and Recreation bond vote looming May 6, city officials are working hard to spread information voters need to make an informed decision. If approved, the proceeds from the sale of the bonds would pay...

One-stop voting begins Thursday

One-stop voting for the May 6 primary starts Thursday at the Wayne County Board of Elections office, 209 S. William St., and at First Congregational Church, 215 Sleepy Creek Road, Dudley. The dates are April 24-25, 28-30 and May...

Col. Leavitt gets next assignment

Two weeks after the Air Force named the next 4th Fighter Wing commander, the woman currently charged with leading Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was notified about her next assignment. Col. Jeannie Leavitt will, after a June change of...

City Council meets Monday

The Goldsboro City Council will hold two public hearings at its meeting Monday night. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at historic City Hall. The first hearing is held each year as...

Friday, April 18, 2014

West: Wood should check math

The Wayne County Board of Education Thursday night acknowledged, but declined to follow, a recommendation from Wayne County commissioners that it approve the use of the design/bid/build method to construct two new schools. Not only did the school board...

Raid nets weapons, money, heroin

The Goldsboro/Wayne County Drug Squad seized money, guns and drugs as it broke up a heroin operation based out of Pikeville Thursday, according to a press release issued by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Stacey Renard Pittman, 43, and...

Bunny money

Tammy Greene, in front of a crowd of 150 excited children, outlined the objective of "The Bunny Egg Express." Out of the hundreds of eggs spread across the Herman Park Center lawn, three were golden. "That's your goal, your...

Offices closed for Easter

Goldsboro, Mount Olive, Fremont, Pikeville and many state offices are closed today in observance of Good Friday, but banks, the Postal Service and federal government offices do not observe the holiday. All Wayne County offices, including the landfill and...

Six girls to compete in Miss Blue Revue

The Zeta Chi Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority will sponsor the Miss Blue Revue Pageant and the Junior Miss Blue Revue Pageant on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre. Admission is free. Six contestants will compete....

Used computers collected Saturday

The Optimist Club of Goldsboro will be at Sam's Club Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise funds and collect used computers and peripheral equipment for its Optimist Computers4Kids program. Over the last two school years, this...

Col. Leavitt gets new assignment

The Air Force has just announced 4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Jeannie Leavitt's next assignment. The colonel will be the principal military assistant to the secretary of defense....

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dozens of Goldsboro city employees volunteer for trash cleanup

Goldsboro city employees walked the roads this morning picking up trash along some of the city's most-littered routes. About 60 employees spread out around Goldsboro this morning to spend a couple hours working 20 stretches of roadway identified as...

Three WCPS employees have new duties

Three employees with Wayne County Public Schools will absorb duties held by Assistant Superintendent for Accountability/Student Services Dr. Craig McFadden, who retired earlier this month. McFadden, whose responsibilities encompassed everything related to district testing, also handled the exceptional children...

Lawmen seize guns and marijuana

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Wayne County Sheriff's Office Warrants Division noticed drugs and weapons in the home of a Mount Olive man they were serving a warrant to Tuesday, prompting a call for additional lawmen and a subsequent arrest....

Wayne County commissioners discuss new jail

Wayne County commissioners devoted half of their eight-hour meeting Tuesday to listening to and quizzing companies vying for the job of renovating the former Wayne Correctional Center for use as a county jail. Commissioners were anxious to find out...

Goldsboro considering options on health care coverage for city employees

The city of Goldsboro is weighing its options on whether to continue to fund its own health insurance next year or pay a company to provide the city with insurance. Currently, Cigna provides administration services for the city's self-insured...

Arrest made in kidnapping

An arrest has been made in a kidnapping that took place April 10 -- an incident that saw a man taken from a residence on Ivey Lane in Pikeville and later located in Fremont. Jerry Mason, 39, of N.C. Highway...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Opinions differ on schools

Wayne County Attorney Borden Parker and Interim County Manager George Wood Tuesday evaded direct responses when asked whether Wayne County commissioners' decision on how to build and fund two new schools is binding on the county Board of Education....

They sang their songs

Students from across Wayne County came together Tuesday evening at Goldsboro High School to share, in many voices, what they have learned this year. Hundreds of people turned out for The All-County Choral Festival....

Fremont officials: Town finances improved

FREMONT -- The town of Fremont's General Fund showed a positive cash balance in March marking the first time since the beginning of the fiscal year in July 2013 that the fund has had money. Fremont Interim Town Administrator...

'Tar Heel Traveler' Mason speaks at annual Belk Lecture

The Rotary Club of Goldsboro hosted Scott Mason, known for his "Tar Heel Traveler" segment on WRAL, as the speaker for the annual Belk Lecture held Tuesday afternoon. Mason is a broadcast journalist with 30 years of experience writing and...

Dudley man faces heroin charges

KENANSVILLE -- A Dudley man is facing numerous drug charges after he was stopped for a traffic violation in Duplin County. Monterius Smith, 28, 107 Willow Road, Dudley, was charged by Duplin County sheriff's deputies with three counts of...

Crime of the Week

On Friday, April 4, at 9:15 a.m., Reginald Donnell Price Jr., 23, reported that while standing in the parking lot of the Savemore Gas Station, 1903 E. Ash St., at approximately 3:30 a.m. he heard several gunshots, then realized he...

Arrest made in kidnapping

An arrest has been made in a kidnapping that took place April 10 -- an incident that saw a man taken from a residence on Ivey Lane in Pikeville and later located in Fremont. Jerry Mason, 39, of N.C. Highway...

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