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Friday, August 28, 2015

Accident on Ash Street cuts power to two schools early today

A single-vehicle wreck on East Ash Street near Oak Forest Road knocked out power in the area when a driver lost control of his vehicle and struck a utility pole early this morning. Residents, businesses and two local schools...

New traffic pattern along eastern portion of U.S. 70

Commuters traveling into and out of Wayne County from Lenoir County will have noticed a new traffic pattern along U.S. Highway 70 since last Friday. N.C. Department of Transportation officials said the shift -- part of the U.S. 70...

Waiting for takeoff

4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Mark Slocum describes the feeling of g-force to Staff Sgt. Amanda Armenti, left, and Senior Airman Andrea Spanjer, right, during a tour of the 333rd Fighter Squadron Wednesday evening. The impromptu tour happened after...

One-stop voting begins in September

One-stop early voting hours have been set by the Wayne County Board of Elections for the Oct. 6 Goldsboro municipal primary. The days and hours are: Thursday, Sept. 24, and Friday, Sept. 25 and Monday, Sept. 28 through Friday, Oct....

Restaurant plans expansion

Beginning in December, Ed's Southern Food and Spirits will look a little different to patrons of the restaurant. The eatery, which opened its doors at 105 N. Center St. last October, is expanding laterally into the old Goldsboro Pharmacy...

Pastor enthused about his new 'hive'

The Rev. Colby Leonard ministers like the beekeeper he is. He stands behind the "hive" of Daniels Memorial United Methodist Church and allows his parishioners to fly about as he works in the background. The 26-year-old, bow tie wearing pastor...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

School numbers reported after first week

Enrollment numbers in Wayne County Public Schools were down for the first day of school, officials announced Tuesday. Students in 31 schools on the traditional calendar returned to class on Monday, the number reflecting the district's two brand new...

Jo Jo says farewell

When Joanne Morris moved to Goldsboro in 2012, the only people she knew were family. She left a stressful job in the U.K. and moved to the U.S. for a change of pace. She and her mother, whom she...

Widening project puts squeeze on Berkeley

Lane reductions and traffic shifts have been implemented on North Berkeley Boulevard as work is under way on widening the road from New Hope Road south. Traffic will remain in this pattern until the widening project is complete in...

Woman, juvenile charged in separate shootings

Two people have been arrested by Goldsboro police in connection with recent shootings in the city that left three people injured. The suspect in one case is a juvenile. The suspect in the other case is a woman. According...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Work is continuing on veterans' cemetery

Paving has been completed and the concrete crypts installed at the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, which is on target to be completed by its Nov. 2 deadline. "It has been a busy couple of weeks, but with the...

Offenders called in for GPAC warning

Schools in Wayne County opened for the 2015-16 school year Monday. By Tuesday, 12 students identified as facing felony charges were transferred to alternative schools, Wayne County Public Schools hearing officer Allison Pridgen said. "Half of them are middle...

Community rallies to help local family

Four years ago on a trip with her FFA classmates to the Great Wall of China, few noticed that Caroline Tart had to periodically step aside to catch her breath, the result of a heart condition she had since...

WAGES observing its 50th anniversary

In 1965, the average income was $5,942. Gas was 31 cents a gallon. And Martin Luther King began the march on Selma. It also ushered in an era when then-President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an "unconditional war on poverty,"...

New nonprofit organization hopes to help homeless, elderly

dhill@newsargus.com A new nonprofit organization in Wayne County is aiming to help the homeless and other people in need of a fresh start in life to get a helping hand. MLFL, Inc., stands for Miracle, Love For Lives. It was...

Hospital adminstrator earns doctorate

Shirley Harkey of Pikeville, vice president for patient services and chief nursing officer for Wayne Memorial Hospital, recently received a doctor of health administration degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Graduating with high honors, she was inducted into...

Crime of the Week

On Sunday, Aug. 23, at 6:25 p.m., Donald Bailey reported he was walking home from Herman Park and was approached by two male suspects asking for cigarettes and money. When Bailey said he didn't have either the suspects hit him...

Back-to-school event held at H.V. Brown

Motorcycle engines revved one after another and then whined down East Elm Street. From under a pavilion, the DJ pumped music into the park. The two sounds mixed to accompany the children laughing in a bouncy castle a hundred yards...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Armed robbery suspect caught

A Wayne County man is in custody today following a robbery Sunday during which at least one shot was fired. Dekota David Hammond, 17, 6003 Meadow Lane, is charged with one count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon...

Wayne County Public Schools chief: Day 1 went well

With the first day of school now under his belt, the new superintendent of Wayne County Public Schools says he is anxious to move forward with a new strategic plan and facilities plan. The start of a new school...

Complaint results in drug use charges

A community complaint about drug activity in a Wayne County community led sheriff's deputies to the arrest of a Raleigh teen Friday. Landon Garrett Pate, 18, of 6901 River Run, Apt. 12, Raleigh, is charged with possession of heroin...

On-time arrival

Construction of Goldsboro's new 4,800-square-foot bus transfer center on Carolina Street was expected to be completed today, and after construction crews clean the site and put the finishing touches on it, they are expected to be gone by Friday. A...

Pikeville checkpoint results in charges

PIKEVILLE -- A felony drug arrest along with 22 other charges were made during a late evening traffic enforcement checkpoint last Thursday in Pikeville. Set up in the area of Main Street and Lisa Drive, the checkpoint was conducted...

Pardon the jet noise; base conducts exercise

The jets will be louder -- their flight paths lower. And they could streak through the skies early in the morning or late at night. At least, for the next few days. The 4th Fighter Wing is currently conducting...

Ride to benefit Cures for Colors

MOUNT OLIVE -- For years M.F. McCullen Jr. has dreamed of turning his love of history and agriculture into a parade of tractors chugging along the back roads of rural Wayne and Duplin counties. He and his wife, Faye,...

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